Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Aaron Baute its next Lafayette campus chancellor. Current chancellor Dr. David Bathe is retiring after 22 years with the college.
Baute will begin his new role August 2.
“Dr. Baute defines a well-rounded and well-prepared leader for Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Born and raised in Lafayette, an esteemed career with FedEx, working up the ranks from adjunct faculty to dean on the Lafayette campus, and then taking on a college-wide role as Vice President of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain working to ensure our programs are state-of-the-art and meeting the needs of Indiana’s employers. Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are counting on Ivy Tech to meet the growing workforce needs and increasing educational attainment of citizens to ensure a thriving economy.”
Baute started his career at Ivy Tech in 2004 as an adjunct instructor. The college says he has served in various roles at the Lafayette campus including faculty, program chair for Business Administration, department chair for the School of Business, and division dean of Technology.
“Lafayette is a great community. I am excited to return there and work with the exceptional faculty and staff on campus. They have done terrific work and I look forward to assisting them in their ongoing efforts. I am honored to have an opportunity to play a role in their success. I will work closely with Dr. Bathe to get connected with the communities we serve to understand their needs and how Ivy Tech can continue to fill those needs,” Baute said.
In 2017, Ivy Tech says Baute transitioned from the Lafayette campus to Systems Office where he serves as the vice president of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain Workforce Alignment.
“Dr. Baute has extensive knowledge of the area’s business and industry, K-12 institutions, and Purdue University,” said Dr. Scott Hanback, chair of the Lafayette campus board. “I know that he will hit the ground running on the first day and build on Dr. Bathe’s legacy.”
In Baute’s current role, he has been responsible for the development of new industry partnerships including with the Indiana Insurance Industry Indiana Land Title Association, McDonalds, and Trilogy Healthcare, among others. Ivy Tech says he has also partnered with Purdue University to secure several National Science Foundation Grants in Manufacturing and Logistics and has developed multiple articulation agreements.
Before joining Ivy Tech, Baute had a 19-year tenure with FedEx Corp. where he served in management and leadership roles at FedEx Ground and FedEx Corporate Services.