1987 Ivy Tech Community College graduate Scott Smith, Batesville, has been named recipient of the Southeast Region’s Alumni Achievement Award, said executive director of marketing and communications Hank Bentz. Smith is one of 14 alumni recognized statewide.
He holds an Associate of Science degree in accounting from Ivy Tech’s Madison campus and completed a bachelor’s degree in history and business administration at Northern Kentucky University in 1991. Smith originally accepted an offer to play basketball for the Danville Community College Jaguars, Danville, Ill. However, he and wife Vicki left Danville after one semester to return closer to home. He continues his interest in athletics as coach of the Jac-Cen-Del High School girls’ basketball team.
The father of four is currently the chief financial officer of Bruns-Gutzwiller Inc., a large Batesville construction company. Smith says he was able to advance from bookkeeper to CFO because the company’s owners recognized the value of his college background. “Ivy Tech gave me an opportunity to expand my educational horizon when opportunities for nontraditional students were few.” He added that Ivy Tech has “made an indelible mark on my life.”
Ironically, Smith has been a part of Bruns-Gutzwiller’s construction of Ivy Tech projects in Lawrenceburg, Richmond, Columbus and Madison.
Ivy Tech Southeast serves Ripley, Jefferson, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties in Indiana as well as the bordering areas of northern Kentucky and Cincinnati with campuses at Madison and Lawrenceburg and an instructional site at Batesville.