INDIANAPOLIS - Ivy Tech Community College has selected Matt Hawkins as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Hawkins, who most recently served as associate vice president for budgets and finance and assistant treasurer at Ball State University, will begin his new role October 16.

Hawkins succeeds Chris Ruhl, who left to become senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Purdue University. Ivy Tech says, in his new role, Hawkins will be responsible for the direction of the financial, accounting and procurement functions of the college, as well as advising leadership on matters related to the financial status of Ivy Tech.

Hawkins previously served as CFO and chief operating officer for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as well as executive director of Ivy Tech's Systems Office Grant Office from 2010 to 2013.

"I am extremely pleased that we have Matt joining us in this capacity, as he has a deep experience in higher education finance," said Ivy Tech President, Sue Ellspermann. "His experience with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and with various colleges in the State, makes him the ideal person to serve on our leadership team and position Ivy Tech for financial success. Matt and his team will be instrumental for Ivy Tech’s Strategic Plan initiatives, which will be implemented starting in 2018."

Hawkins earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Trine University's Ketner School of Business and received his MBA from Butler University.