The Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education has been named the new co-chair of the Workforce Development Collaborative, an offshoot of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Chris Lowery joins The Clowes Fund Executive Director Megan Reilly to oversee the collaborative.
IPA’s Workforce Development Collaborative provides an opportunity for its members to share ideas and collaborate with outside stakeholders on issues important to Indiana’s economic growth.
Lowery and Reilly succeed Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College, as the group’s chair.
“Higher education can be the connective tissue between the economic and education space,” said Lowery. “I look forward to further developing the connection between supply and demand with education beyond high school, ensuring employers have access to talented Hoosiers today and tomorrow.”
Lowery was appointed earlier this year to serve as commissioner of the ICHE, which is responsible for ensuring Indiana’s postsecondary education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state.
Reilly joined The Clowes Fund in 2015 as a grantmaker and has helped a number of organizations achieve their philanthropic goals.
“Workforce development is a crucial need for Indiana, and we’re excited to have Chris and Megan lead this important group,” said Claudia Cummings, IPA president and CEO. “They bring years of experience to this area and will ensure our member funders can work in unison to help revitalize the state’s workforce.”