Ivy Tech Community College has named two vice presidents of operations as part of its new organizational structure. Michelle Simmons will serve as vice president of operations in the north region and Kathleen Mote as vice president of operations in the south region. Since 2014, Simmons has served Ivy Tech as campus president in Kokomo. For her nearly 25 year tenure, she has also held roles of: vice chancellor of student affairs, executive director of finance, executive director of Workforce and Economic Development and business office supervisor. Her career also includes financial positions in industry with: Lox Equipment Co., Taylor-Wharton and Continental Steel Corp.
Simmons has a Master’s of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business, major in Accounting, from Indiana University. She is an active participant in many community activities and boards, including the Indiana Region IV Workforce Development Board, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council Board of Directors, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, and Indiana Region IV Works Council member.
Simmons will work with the following campuses: Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City, South Bend/Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Kokomo and Marion.
Mote, most recently served as Madison Campus president and interim chancellor for the Southeast and Columbus regions, which served 11 counties with campuses in Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Madison and Columbus. She began her Ivy Tech career in 2009 as a faculty member, serving as adjunct faculty, assistant professor, associate professor, and criminal justice program chair for the Madison, Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.
Previous to, and during her career with Ivy Tech, Mote practiced criminal law representing the State of Indiana as deputy prosecuting attorney in Marion, Jackson and Jefferson counties. She specialized in the area of intimate partner violence for which she was honored in 2014 by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the year’s Outstanding Prosecutor.
Mote earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law – Bloomington. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish also from Indiana University – Bloomington. Mote serves on a variety of community boards in Jefferson County and was recently appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education.
Mote will work with the following campuses: Terre Haute, Bloomington, Columbus, Lawrenceburg, Madison, Sellersburg and Evansville.
Along with naming of the vice presidents of operations, four campus chancellors have been named: Jennie Vaughan as chancellor of Bloomington, Jerrilee Mosier as chancellor of Fort Wayne, Jonathan Weinzapfel as chancellor of Evansville and Kathy Lee as chancellor of Indianapolis. Formerly, they were chancellors of their respective regions, which are now identified as campuses. Ivy Tech expects to name all 19 of its campus chancellors by August 1.