The question of "What will Mayor Greg Ballard do once he leaves office?" has finally been answered. Ballard has accepted a position with the University of Indianapolis as a Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives and a member of the university faculty.
"Former Mayor Ballard's role continues a University of Indianapolis tradition as we work closely with city leaders," said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. "He's been a vital partner in UIndy's efforts to enhance the quality of life in our own neighborhood and throughout Indianapolis. I'm looking forward to seeing firsthand his contributions to UIndy's intellectual life and student learning opportunities, and I believe our partnership can make a national impact."
UIndy's Mayoral Archives are a multimedia collection of more than a million documents, images, recordings and other artifacts from the administrations of the last five former Indianapolis mayors. The collection begins with the Lugar administration in the late 1960s and the creation of Unigov.
Ballard's role with the institute will include advancing thought leadership strategies to convene conversations with local and national leaders on issues facing U.S. cities as well as advancing the City of Indianapolis' Mayoral Archives as a resource for officeholders, community leaders, researchers and students. Ballard has also donated papers and materials from his time as mayor of Indianapolis to the archives, which includes the papers and materials from four other Indianapolis mayors: Richard Lugar, Bill Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson.
"I've enjoyed working with the University of Indianapolis on the many issues of concern we share," he said. "This new relationship, drawing on the resources of the university, will provide a platform for national conversations on the future of urban life in our country."
Both Lugar and Hudnut taught at the university following their time in the mayor's office. All four former mayors have also served on the institution's board of trustees.
Ballard's initial appointment to the university faculty is effective April 20 for one year.