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Dr. Brad Balch named Dean of Bayh College of Education

March 22, 2022

Dr. Brad Balch, who had been serving as Interim Dean of the Bayh College of Education, has been named Dean.

Balch was also Dean of the Bayh College of Education from 2006 to 2013.

“I am so grateful that Dean Emeritus Balch has agreed to return to lead the Bayh College of Education at such a critical moment for the university,” said Dr. Christopher Olsen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He has demonstrated for many years his deep commitment to education, at all levels, across the state and the nation, and he is widely regarded as a national leader by public school professionals and administrators.

“In the last year as Interim Dean he’s already reestablished close relationships with many school districts in Indiana. We are simply thrilled to have Brad back as Dean.”

Balch said he’s “extremely honored” to return to his former role and that he appreciates “being entrusted to do so.”

“I’m so pleased and excited to accept the Dean’s position for the Bayh College of Education,” Balch said. “No doubt, these are challenging times for the profession of education in PK-12 and higher education.  I see a bright future at Indiana State University and within the Bayh College of Education, and look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and our essential partners in support of the College and the University realizing its full potential.”

Balch is a former superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and teacher in West Central Indiana.

Earlier this year, Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Balch to the Indiana Civic Education Commission. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education from 2012-2015. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities from 2008-2016 and was president from 2011-2012.

Balch is a member of the Indiana Association of School Principals, and in 2012, won its President’s Award. Balch focuses on a strong belief in continuous school improvement, and the power of strong leadership and governance at the district level to restore trust and confidence in local control.