Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees recently announced regional structure changes, the most substantial organizational changes that the college has experienced in its 50 years. The changes will result in increased efficiencies and further focus on the various communities the college serves, reports Jeff Fanter, communications and marketing vice president.
Ivy Tech will now operate with 11 regional chancellors, a number that was as high as 14 in the past. They will continue to oversee the 31-degree granting locations and 75+ 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. Those regional board members will provide vital community outreach and operational expertise in assisting the regional chancellors.
College officials also plan to name what it will refer to as campus presidents for an estimated 20 educational sites throughout the state, many of the 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. Their will be outreach to the local community. Further details are expected to be released soon.
“Ivy Tech is focused on being responsive to the local community needs and work force development efforts. Regional consolidation, along with the recent restructuring of our academic divisions and soon to be named campus presidents, will allow us to expand our outreach efforts and ensure that we are providing what our communities need,” says President Thomas Snyder.
“We believe that all of these changes are a part of our plan to align with the Indiana Career Council and Works Councils efforts. 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 work force and partner with business and industry to fill those gaps.”