John E. Worthen

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John E. Worthen
President of
Ball State University
In office
Preceded by Robert P. Bell
Succeeded by Blaine A. Brownell
President of
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
In office
Personal details
Born (1933-07-15) July 15, 1933 (age 84)
Carbondale, Illinois
Spouse(s) Sandra Worthen
Children Samantha Worthen
Brad Worthen

John E. Worthen (born July 15, 1933)[1] is the 11th President of Ball State University and the 20th President of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Worthen served as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as worked as an administrative official at the University of Delaware as well as serving as the dean of men at American University. He served at IUP from 1979–1984, and then went on to serve Ball State from 1984-2000. Worthen earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in psychology, a master's degree from Columbia University, and a Doctor of education degree from Harvard University.[2]

Ball State University[edit]

Health and Physical Activity Building with Worthen Arena, BSU
Burkhardt Building, BSU

Effect on Ball State University[edit]

John E. Worthen Arena[edit]

In 1991, Ball State finished construction on University Arena to replace the aging facility, Irving Gymnasium. The arena holds 11,500 people and is home to the men and women's basketball and volleyball teams.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ ELECTION OF DIRECTORS(Edgar Online), Retrieved March 18, 2008.
Preceded by
Robert P. Bell
President of Ball State University
Succeeded by
Blaine A. Brownell