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January 10, 2014

Ivy Tech announces major changes

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees has announced regional structure changes, the most substantial organizational changes that the Community College has experienced in its 50 years. The changes will result in increased efficiencies and further focus on the various communities the Community Colleges serves.

Ivy Tech will now operate with 11 regional chancellors, a number that was as high as 14 in the past. Chancellors will continue to oversee the 31-degree granting locations and 75+ educational sites throughout the state within the various regional boundaries. While the College will consolidate administrative functions across the new combined regions, the current 14 regional board of trustees will continue to operate just as they have in the past. Those regional board members will provide vital community outreach and operational expertise in assisting the regional chancellors.

The College also plans to name what it will refer to as Campus Presidents for an estimated 20 educational sites throughout the state, many of the College’s degree granting locations. This new title will replace the current title of Vice Chancellor/Dean that exists in many of these locations, thus resulting in no additional new staff. The Campus Presidents will report to the chancellors within the sites they serve. The focus of the local Campus President will be outreach to the local community. Further details are expected to be released next month.

“Ivy Tech is focused on being responsive to the local community needs and workforce development efforts. Regional consolidation, along with the recent restructuring of our academic divisions, and soon to be named Campus Presidents, will allow us to expand our outreach efforts and ensure that we are providing what our communities need,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. “We believe that all of these changes are a part of our plan to align with the Indiana Career Council and Works Councils efforts. Ivy Tech, in addition to its transfer mission, continues to be focused on job skills development and career training. Our new structure will allow us to best assess existing skill gaps between available jobs and Indiana’s workforce and partner with business and industry to fill those gaps.”

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