Name: Steve Marsh
Occupation: School Psychologist
Place of Residence: Muncie, Ind.
Alma mater(s): Ball State '74; Master's '76
Years as a CVC Member: Not really sure, but several. First joined CVC in 1975 or 1976
What is your role with CVC?
I am a member of the CVC board of directors and currently serve as board president .
How did you initially become involved with CVC?
I first became a CVC member/donor after completing graduate school at Ball State because I wanted to help support the growth of Ball State athletics. I was invited to become a board member in 2006.
You have been involved with CVC for a number of years. What are the biggest changes you have seen in CVC and Ball State Athletics?
I became a CVC member/donor in the mid 1970's when Ball State was newly admitted to the Mid-American Conference so I have seen an upgrade in the level of athletic competition and facilities. The biggest change for CVC is the increasing importance of raising funds to support athletics. In the current economic/political climate several million dollars in state assistance have been stripped away from state universities in Indiana so Ball State must look to private donors to help fund all areas of the university. CVC is the primary vehicle through which BSU athletics can generate financial support.
You currently serve as President of the Board of Directors for CVC, what do you feel are some of the biggest opportunities for CVC?
As a board, our goal is to expand the awareness and influence of CVC throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. This is an opportunity to connect with potential new members.
What is your best memory of CVC and Ball State Athletics?
My first participation in a CVC event was to attend a football kickoff dinner in 1975 at the old Green Hills Country Club. It was the first year Ball State was eligible to play for the MAC championship. Dave McClain was the head coach and the Cardinals finished the season 9-2 losing only to Miami and Ohio. I always enjoyed the CVC Classic basketball tournaments. CVC sponsored a four team invitational basketball tournament each December for a number of years. Unfortunately, the cost became prohibitive and it was discontinued. My best memories include watching the basketball season and tournament run of the 1989-90 Sweet 16 team plus attending the first game played at Worthen Arena. After years of sitting on hard bleacher seats in Irving Gym, the first game in the Arena was a great experience. An electric atmosphere, a win over Miami, and despite a raging January blizzard outside the arena was completely full.
Tell us about your family.
My immediate family is small. I have one daughter who is a Ball State graduate and my mother who follows Ball State basketball pretty closely.
What are some of your interests outside of Ball State Athletics?
I enjoy and support Indiana Public Radio as well as PBS/WIPB. I like to attend the many entertainment offerings on campus including music, theater, lectures, etc. I enjoy physical activity including long distance walking, playing basketball and golf.
If you could have dinner with one person who would it be and why?
If I could choose anyone from any point in time I would choose Theodore Roosevelt. He is a fascinating figure in American history who overcame ill health and physical disabilities early in life to accomplish more than most people could ever dream of.
Where would you take a perfect week long vacation?
A vacation on the coast of Maine is a great place to relax by the ocean. I have been there a few times and always look forward to going back.