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Jo Ann M. Gora papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-011

Scope and Contents

This collection includes books, publications, art, photographs, personal and sports artifacts, ephemera, reports, speeches, and audiovisual materials from Dr. Jo Ann Gora ranging from 1976 to 2016 regarding her presidency at Ball State University.


  • 1976 - 2016

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Biographical Note

Jo Ann M. Gora received her Bachelor's degree in political science at Vassar College. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in sociology at Rutgers University. Before coming to Ball State University, she served for three years as Chancellor for University of Massachusetts beginning in 1992. She vacated this office in 1995 and accepted a position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Old Dominion University, serving for nine years.

After Old Dominion University, Jo Ann M. Gora came to Ball State University and served as its president from 2004-2014, the first woman to attain this position at a public university in Indiana. She was well-known for her philanthropic endeavors benefitting Ball State University as well as her institution of the Immersive Learning program, which gained nationwide recognition. She retired from office on June 30, 2014.


16 Cubic Feet (7 paige records cartons, 2 archival letter boxes, 1 small archival box, 2 medium oversize archival boxes)


Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Personal and administrative papers Series 2: Books and publications Series 3: Awards and plaques Series 4: Photographs and art Series 5: Artifacts and ephemera Series 6: Audiovisual materials

UA Restructuring

UA.011 was formerly RG.03.01.17.

Jo Ann M. Gora papers
Collection reprocessed by Lucas Cauley.
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA