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January 7, 2014

Ivy Tech announces significant organizational changes

Sellersburg campus to remain its own region; campus presidents to be added

Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees announced regional structure changes, the most substantial organizational changes that the community college has experienced in its 50 years.

The changes will result in increased efficiencies and further focus on the various communities the Community Colleges serves, according to an Ivy Tech news release.

Ivy Tech will now operate with 11 regional chancellors, a number that was as high as 14 in the past. The Sellersburg campus will remain its own region under the new structure.

Chancellors will continue to oversee the 31-degree granting locations and 75-plus educational sites throughout the state within the various regional boundaries. While the college will consolidate administrative functions across the new combined regions, the current 14 regional board of trustees will continue to operate just as they have in the past, the release says.

The College also plans to name what it will refer to as campus presidents for an estimated 20 educational sites throughout the state, many of the college’s degree-granting locations. This new title will replace the current title of vice chancellor/dean that exists in many of these locations, thus resulting in no additional new staff. The campus presidents will report to the chancellors within the sites they serve. The focus of the local campus president will be outreach to the local community. Further details are expected to be released next month.

“We believe that all of these changes are a part of our plan to align with the Indiana Career Council and Works Councils efforts,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder in a news release. “Ivy Tech, in addition to its transfer mission, continues to be focused on job skills development and career training. Our new structure will allow us to best assess existing skill gaps between available jobs and Indiana’s workforce and partner with business and industry to fill those gaps.”

Regional organizational changes announced by the State Board of Trustees include the combination of the East Central region which includes the degree-granting locations of Anderson, Marion, Muncie and New Castle with the Richmond region which includes the Richmond and Connersville locations. These locations will be led by current East Central Chancellor Andrew Bowne.

The Columbus region which includes the degree-granting locations of Columbus and Franklin will now be combined with the Southeast region which includes locations in Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison. These locations will be overseen by a single chancellor. An interim chancellor will be named in the coming weeks.

The anticipated savings from these consolidations will permit the college to achieve the recently announced $4 million budget reversion from the state and to the extent possible add a limited number of additional advisers and full-time faculty. In total, because of resources it has had to defer, the college estimates it needs more than 300 more advisers and 1,000 more professors converted to full-time in order to reach the ratios it desires.

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