Ivy Tech cuts administrators in northern Indiana

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 3, 2013 at 7:50 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — Six top Ivy Tech Community College regional administrators in northern Indiana are losing their jobs in a merger of two regional divisions, and two others have retired.

The eight departures include three vice chancellors and five directors of offices in north central and northwestern Indiana handling financial aid, marketing and communications, and other responsibilities, the South Bend Tribune reported Wednesday, citing information it obtained through a public records request.

The administrators whose jobs are being eliminated were notified in person and received a letter informing them that their last day is July 15. Each has been offered a severance package.

The job cuts are the latest step the 175,000-student community college has taken to close a $68 million budget shortfall. Trustees last month approved raising tuition by $5 per credit hour in each of the next four semesters, and the college is considering closing about a quarter of its 72 locations in Indiana.

James Jasiewicz, who is losing his job as executive director of facilities for the north central region, said the affected administrators were called in one-by-one and told their jobs were being eliminated.

“Obviously they need to save money. We weren’t totally shocked,” Jasiewicz told the Tribune.

The north central region has campuses in South Bend, Elkhart County and Warsaw. The northwest region has campuses in Gary, East Chicago, Valparaiso and Michigan City.

Other administrators losing their jobs include Keith Branham and Keith Howard, the vice chancellors for student affairs in the north central and northwest regions, respectively. Two north central administrators who retired Friday included Chuck Philip, vice chancellor for academic affairs, the Tribune reported.

Margaret Semmer, formerly vice chancellor of academic affairs for the northwest region, now holds the title of vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success for the expanded region.

Ivy Tech announced in April it was merging the two regions, with north central Chancellor Thomas Coley named chief administrator for the merged region. Coley said in early June that he expected about 10 administrative positions to be eliminated this summer, saving an estimated $1.1 million a year in salaries and benefits.

Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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