Ball State students Morgan Aprill (left), Daniel Wills, and Logan Edwards attend Friday's meeting of the board of trustees. Staff photo by Seth Slabaugh
Ball State students Morgan Aprill (left), Daniel Wills, and Logan Edwards attend Friday's meeting of the board of trustees. Staff photo by Seth Slabaugh
MUNCIE — A student group accusing the Charles Koch Foundation of "infiltrating" Ball State was not allowed to address the university's board of trustees on Friday.

The Progressive Student Alliance, which started out as a Bernie Sanders group, says it was not permitted to express concerns that Ball State will hire a "Koch-connected official" as its next president.

The Koch foundation and "Papa John" Schnatter in March donated $3.25 million to Ball State for the creation of the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.

"We have reason to believe this will lead to the appointment of a Koch-connected official, as the situation at our university is frighteningly similar to what happened at FSU (Florida State University) where there was an open (presidential) search the same time they were setting up a Koch institute in their department of economics but the Koch official was appointed anyway," the student group's secretary, Morgan Aprill, told news media.

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