Ivy Tech to merge area regions, citing tightening budget
Posted: 04/12/2013 at 12:20 pm
By: Marlys Weaver-Stoesz
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Debra Branch (left), Marcia Schuller, Mary Ann Brosseit and Sergio Fernandez fill in their chart listing their former jobs and traits of a good employee Feb. 10, 2012, at the Ivy Tech Elkhart PULL building. The community college system announced April 11, 2013, that it was combining administration of its North Central, which includes Elkhart, and Northwest regions. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) ¬ ¬ ¬
The change is effective immediately, according to a release from the college, and will result in a yet-to-be announced name for the new region. Thomas Coley, who serves as the North Central chancellor and the interim chancellor for the Northwest region, will serve as chancellor of the newly formed region.
The merging will consolidate administrative functions for the two regions, according to the release. Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees also requested that the college develop a plan to reduce current operating expenses, including, but not limited to, the consolidation of additional regions, functional reorganizations and limiting student enrollment in programs that require increasing funding in order to grow programs, such as nursing or welding.
“Because the projected funding that Ivy Tech will receive over the next two years will not match our operational needs, the Board in consultation with the Office of the President has recommended that the College leadership take certain actions,” including the merging of some regions, Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder wrote in an email to all Ivy Tech faculty Thursday, April 11.
“The goals of the College are not changing,” Snyder said in the email. “We are still focused on student success with our Accelerating Greatness efforts.”
The current Northwest region includes campuses in East Chicago, Gary, Valparaiso and Michigan City and enrolls more than 16,000 students a year. The current North Central region enrolls almost 12,200 students a year. According to information from Ivy Tech, both existing regional board of trustees will continue to function, providing guidance to the leadership team.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually, with campuses throughout Indiana.