Ivy Tech Consolidation Continues

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Ivy Tech Community College is continuing its efforts to streamline regional operations. The school has announced the combination of the Wabash Valley region with the Southwest region. April 14, 2014

News Release

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College's State Board of Trustees has announced an additional regional structural change. The college will now combine the Southwest (Evansville and Tell City campuses) region with the Wabash Valley (Terre Haute) region. The newly formed region will be overseen by a single Chancellor to be named at a later date.

"Ivy Tech will continue its focus on being responsive to the needs and workforce development efforts in Evansville and Terre Haute and all of the surrounding communities," Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. "These changes will allow us to best assess existing skill gaps between available jobs and Indiana's workforce in these markets and partner with business and industry to fill those gaps. Our outreach efforts will increase in each of these communities with our new structure."

The College also stated that it will revise the search for a chancellor to replace John Whikehart in the Bloomington region and has tabled any consolidation involving that region. Bloomington is in the midst of a campaign for its expanded facility.

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 earlier announced that it 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.

Wabash Valley Chancellor Dr. Ann Valentine announced last month that she will be leaving the college effective May 15 to pursue other career opportunities in higher education. Dr. Valentine served as Chancellor since 2011.

Dr. Mary Ann Sellars will serve as interim Chancellor until a single Chancellor for the newly combined region is announced. The college will also announce Campus Presidents for the newly formed region, as it has with other regions that have since merged.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College