Updated: December 1, 2013 6:54AM
MUNCIE — The president of Ball State University, the first woman to serve as president of a public university in Indiana, has announced she will retire next year.
The university announced Saturday that Jo Ann Gora told board of trustee members on Friday that she plans to retire in June.
“This year will be my 10th as president at Ball State but my 40th in higher education,” Gora said in a statement. “It has been a rewarding and fulfilling career, especially these years in Indiana.”
The university underwent more than $520 million of facilities construction and renovation while Gora was president. That included a $70 million geothermal project for campus heating and cooling.
One of the more high-profile events was the naming of the David Letterman Communication and Media Building in 2007, a 75,000-square-foot building that includes studio and office space.
The late night talk-show host attended the event and told attendees he barely graduated with a 2.0 grade point average.
“If I had any way of knowing this was going to happen, I would have studied much harder,” Letterman said then.
Ball State announced in 2011 that a capital campaign had raised $210.8 million.
Hughes said trustees have begun discussions about the search to identify successor for Gora and hopes to have a new president in place by July.
Gora was named Ball State’s 14th president in May 2004 and took office the following January. One of her first moves was to use the $150,000 it would have cost to hold a glitzy inauguration ceremony for student scholarships.
Before arriving in Muncie, Gora was chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston.