Chancellor, community leader, mom believes she can have it all
For Ivy Tech Chancellor Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, “Education is a passion.”
That passion has helped Shourds’ and her staff — funded by a $20 million capital campaign — grow Ivy Tech more than 200 percent since its last major expansion two decades ago.
Vision in a community college? A holistic college experience from a technical school? Shourds has put Southern Indiana’s educational landscape on the map, blazing the trail for innovation among the other fourteen regions of the state’s largest college system. And the coming year spells more work, as the campus prepares to expand.
Among her innovations in office, Shourds has created a full-time student retention office, the first of its kind in the Ivy Tech system. Keeping people in college and helping them achieve their goal, Shourds is highly invested in giving Ivy Tech students a holistic college experience, and through her vision, the office of student success was born.