Ivy Tech Chancellor to Leave

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Ivy Tech Community College has announced Ann Valentine will be moving on from her position as chancellor of the Wabash Valley region. She is planning to "pursue other career opportunities" and has served in the role since 2011. March 24, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Dr. Ann Valentine, who currently serves as the Chancellor of the Wabash Valley (Terre Haute) region, has announced that she will be leaving Ivy Tech Community College effective May 15 to pursue other career opportunities in higher education. Dr. Valentine has served as Chancellor since 2011.

“I have been privileged to serve the people of the Wabash Valley. Terre Haute has been a welcoming and supportive community and I am proud of our collective accomplishments during the last three years,” Dr. Valentine said. “I commend the members of the team at Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley for their professionalism and growth on behalf of our students and community, and I give a great deal of credit for our accomplishments to the regional Board, whose members have been unflaggingly engaged and helpful. I'm looking forward to new opportunities and wish for only the best for Terre Haute."

Upon joining the Ivy Tech team Dr. Valentine quickly became immersed in community leadership by serving on key economic development boards and activities. Specifically, she led strategic planning for economic revitalization in Terre Haute’s Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) district and has collaborated very successfully with regional colleagues in education, commerce, and non-profit sectors.

On campus she led efforts to redesign learning spaces and provide support for faculty re-training to use studio model classrooms and pedagogies. As a result of this and other initiatives, the Wabash Valley improved its student retention rate to its highest level. During her tenure she revitalized the commitment to regional outreach centers, including resource usage and collaboration for service delivery.

“We thank Dr. Valentine for her service to Ivy Tech and its communities, and for her dedication to ensuring the success of the students that attend the Wabash Valley region. She led regional efforts to strive for efficiency and effectiveness and brought new teaching methods into the classroom and created new partnerships for the College outside of the classroom,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.

Dr. Valentine reviewed all regional functional units for efficiency and space utilization and implemented the use of data to substantiate decision-making while focusing the region on creating and implementing a return on investment analysis for both existing and proposed programming - an unusual feat in public higher education. She led the efforts to reallocate resources for international programming, entrepreneurship services, new programming in liberal arts, energy technologies, diesel technologies, and engineering.

During her tenure she established working partnerships with area non-profit agencies for new programming in animal and human health sciences and partnerships with businesses and industries for industry-endorsed programming.

She served on several local boards, including the United Way, Economic Development Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment Board, Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, and 100 Women Who Care. She is also a Commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech Dr. Valentine served as President of Minnesota State Community and Technical College from 2005 to July 2011. Prior to her role at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, she served as Vice President of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, from 2000 to 2005. Concurrent with her role as Vice President, Dr. Valentine also served as Vice President of Employee Services from 2000 to 2002, where she directed personnel and employee development services.

Preceding her role at Gateway Technical College, she served as Dean of Instructional Services (Chief Academic Officer) at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, from 1998 to 2000. In addition, Dr. Valentine has served as Dean for General Education for Moraine Park Technical College, Program Associate for the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences at The University of Iowa, as well as Program Manager of Special Projects at Kirkwood Community College. She has also served as a faculty member at many of these institutions teaching social and behavioral sciences as well as political science and interdisciplinary social sciences.

She earned her Doctorate degree in Higher Education and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and her associate degree from Kirkwood Community College also in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Dr. Valentine has written a number of professional publications and has made numerous presentations on leadership and educational development. In addition, she has also been involved with multiple grant developments, as well as fundraisers for several institutions. She served as Commissioner of the American Association of Community Colleges from 2007 to 2010, and was also awarded the Professional Achievement award from Mount Mercy College in 2007.

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 community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College