Jim Helms, who recently retired as Ivy Tech Community College Southeast chancellor, received special recognition from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Jan. 30.
Dr. Jim Roberts, Batesville Community School Corp. superintendent and BACC president, announced, “Fortunately, his retirement does not preclude him from continuing to work to assist Ivy Tech as he has been assigned as a liaison with some special initiatives and the Ivy Tech President’s Office, Indianapolis. He will also become a member of the Ivy Tech Community College State Foundation Board.
Helms is completing his 51st year in education, including 16 years at Ivy Tech. “In 1998, he retired from his 35-year secondary education career as a high school principal” at East Central. Since then, he has led the college’s Southeast Region, which includes the counties of Ripley, Dearborn, Jefferson, Ohio and Switzerland.
“During Jim’s 16-year tenure ... Ivy Tech Community College had a massive, and unprecedented, growth period for enrollment, curriculum and programs. He managed the construction of three entirely new campus facilities in Madison, Lawrenceburg and Batesville, while enrollment in our region grew from around 500 students in 1998 to approximately 4,000 now!”
The Logan resident “has received much notable recognition, including being named by Cincy Magazine as one of the Tristate’s Top 100 Influential People in 2008. He received Indiana’s highest award, the Sagamore of the Wabash, from Gov. Frank O’Bannon for his career educational achievement. Further, he has been recognized in the Cincinnati Business Courier magazine and received a plaque on behalf of Ivy Tech for the college becoming the sixth largest college or university in the Tristate area.”
Roberts stressed, “I especially want to recognize Jim for his efforts on behalf of the Batesville Community School Corp. Nearly three years ago, Jim and I met to concoct a new educational system, one that would result in all Batesville High School students earning up to one year of college credit and potentially even an associate degree before their high school graduation. Jim took this idea and ran with it. His vision, his leadership, has brought about a new campus in Batesville and unprecedented opportunities for our students.