Ivy Tech Announces Interim Region Chancellor

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Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus/Franklin has named Steven Combs interim chancellor. He will succeed John Hogan, who was recently promoted to a vice president role. January 15, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ind. - Steven Combs, Ph.D., has been named interim chancellor of the Columbus/Franklin Region of Ivy Tech Community College. He will assume the role vacated by Dr. John Hogan, who was recently appointed Ivy Tech's new associate vice president for student affairs and placement. The transition in leadership will begin in February.

"As we begin our search for new leadership in the region, the interim chancellor role will be critical in maintaining superior service and quality education for our students and meeting the needs of the communities we serve," Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. "Dr. Combs serving as interim chancellor will prove to be invaluable as we continue to shape our organizational structure and find ways to increase efficiencies and savings within our operation."

Combs, who has worked for Ivy Tech for 21 years, was dean and professor in the School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus before being named vice chancellor of academic affairs in May 2012 at the Columbus/Franklin region.

Combs holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in industrial education and a Doctorate in higher education administration and leadership.

From 1987 until 2011, he served with the United States Army Reserve and retired as a Major in the Adjutant General Corps. He served as Chief of Command and Control for the United States Transportation Command and Chief of Policy and Plans for Joint Task Force Alaska.

"I am humbled to be named interim chancellor," Combs said. "For 11 years, Dr. Hogan has led this Ivy Tech region. As we begin our search for his successor, I am hopeful I can continue to carry on his legacy of helping change the lives of our students and supporting the communities that we serve."

During his academic career, Combs has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, given by Ivy Tech Community College. He is an honorary inductee of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education serving two-year colleges offering associate degree programs, and an inductee into Epsilon Pi Tau National Honorary for Science and Technology.

Combs has written 14 technical workbooks and has given numerous presentations for international associations, conferences, and college and university symposia.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College