Ivy Tech Leader to Head Arkansas College

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The former chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College's Columbus/Franklin region has taken a job as president of National Park Community College in Arkansas. John Hogan also served as Ivy Tech's associate vice president for student affairs and placement.

May 6, 2014

News Release

Columbus, Ind. -- Dr. John Hogan, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Placement and former chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College's Columbus/Franklin region, has been named president of National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Ark.

"I could not be more delighted to have the honor to lead National Park Community College. My wife, Dorelle, and I were overwhelmed by the warmth and support we felt from the National Park Community College family, and we're excited beyond words.

"Central Arkansas is blessed with a college team with student success at its core," Hogan added "I am very anxious to get to Hot Springs and get to work."

About 45 minutes southwest of Little Rock, Ark., National Park Community College is located in a resort community of more than 50,000. The college is the fourth largest community college in Arkansas and averages about 4,000 students per semester. More than 2,000 students a year enroll in non-credit classes.

Hogan led Ivy Tech's six-county Columbus/Franklin region during a period of unprecedented enrollment growth, doubling its size in a span of three years. In Hogan's tenure as chancellor, the Columbus/Franklin region grew nearly 200 percent from 3,328 students during the 2002-03 academic year to 9,593 in 2011-12. The region experienced a doubling in enrollment from 2006-07 to 2009-10. Hogan led efforts to establish robust course offerings in Greensburg, North Vernon, Nashville, Seymour, and Franklin.

Growth at Ivy Tech also led to the establishment of its School of Business building in downtown Columbus and its Agriculture and Industrial Technology building at the Columbus airport.

The number of academic programs available to students in the Columbus/Franklin region has doubled under Hogan's leadership.

Additionally, the Columbus/Franklin region has helped Ivy Tech be the leader throughout the state in efforts to assist students in acquiring college classes while in high school through the dual credit program.

Hogan was extremely successful in increasing donations to Ivy Tech's Columbus/Franklin region. His leadership led to a 2,000 percent increase in giving to the region. Donations totaled $93,000 in 2003 and last year, contributions grew to $1.98 million.

He established an endowed scholarship at Ivy Tech in recognition and honor of his parents, Paul and Marilyn. Endowed scholarships are never depleted due to awards being made from interest earned from their balances. Students will benefit from Hogan's scholarship for years to come.

When Hogan began as chancellor 11 years ago, Ivy Tech's regional campus did not offer dual credit to high school students. Today, more than 4,200 students are saving thousands of dollars in college tuition by taking free Ivy Tech classes in high school, creating more affordable pathways to a career or bachelor's degrees.

At the Ivy Tech campus in Franklin near Interstate 65, enrollment has grown 380 percent from 249 in 2005 to more than 1,200 currently. The College purchased an additional 27 acres adjacent to the campus to accommodate further expansion and growth. Hogan also helped grow Ivy Tech's Seymour site from about 100 students 10 years ago to more than 400 students today.

"John has spent nearly half of his life serving students of Ivy Tech Community College," said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. "He will be taking his strong leadership skills to Arkansas. I have no doubt that National Park Community College will be rewarded quickly from the selection of their new president."

As part of a recent organizational restructure, Hogan was appointed Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Placement in December. He was working with various departments and regional leadership in an effort to continue to enhance the overall experience of the Ivy Tech students. He was also beginning to work with employers and the College's academic leadership to develop cooperative learning, job placement, career pathways and internship opportunities for students.

"The highlight of my professional career has been having the honor to serve as the chancellor for the faculty and staff of the Columbus/Franklin Region," Hogan said. "I will miss having the opportunity to work with the best group of professionals with whom I've ever been associated."

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