Who We Are

Bowen Center for Public Affairs

Managing Director

Byron Ballard - Computer Science

Dr. Charles Taylor

CPM Coordinator / Associate Professor of Political Science

Charles Taylor teaches core courses in public personnel administration and public financial administration in the Master of Public Administration program at Ball State University. Prior to coming to Ball State in 2008, he spent five years at Clemson University where he was part of a team that consulted with local governments on a variety of issues. In addition to his academic experience, he worked 15 years in Missouri local government as an engineer and manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in policy studies from Clemson University.
Phone: 765-285-8794

Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP)

Co – Director

Byron Ballard - Computer Science

Dr. Bryan D. Byers

VSTOP / Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Bryan D. Byers joined the VSTOP team in 2017.  He has experience working in local government having been a prosecutor’s investigator, a deputy coroner, and Chairperson of the Muncie Human Rights Commission Board. He has been a Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Ball State University since 1995. He earned his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

Phone: 765-285-5981