U.S. Secretary of Commerce Appoints Sue G. Smith to Advisory Council to Help Expand Entrepreneurship and Promote American Innovation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Sue G. Smith, vice president for the technology & applied sciences division and corporate executive for advanced manufacturing at Ivy Tech Community College, and 29 private sector, nonprofit, and academic leaders to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Selected from a pool of more than 200 accomplished applicants, the council members will offer recommendations for policies and programs designed to make U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce more globally competitive.

“The members of NACIE provide important counsel to the Department of Commerce on the types of federal policies that will support entrepreneurship, innovation, and job-driven workforce training, all of which are critical to American competitiveness,” said Secretary Pritzker. “As ‘America’s Innovation Agency,’ we value the expertise of our private sector partners and appreciate the opportunity to incorporate their views into our policymaking process.”

Established in 2010, NACIE operates as an independent entity managed through the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is housed in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

Smith has represented Ivy Tech in state, national and international manufacturing organizations, and participates in a variety of national and international partnerships, serving as both a speaker and a host. Smith has participated in numerous successful economic development visits in the US and abroad and participated in two delegations to study the German apprenticeship model. She is passionate about increasing international partnerships and relationships, and she has developed two sister college partnerships in Wuxi, China and Huzhou, China. Smith graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and associate degree in business.  She later earned her master’s degree from Antioch University – McGregor.

NACIE members, who will each serve a two-year term, have demonstrated expertise and experience in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and employer-driven talent development. In reviewing applications, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship sought a diverse group of nationally recognized leaders representing different demographics, organization size, industry sector, and geographic regions to provide a balanced viewpoint on these issues. NACIE will convene four times each year, with its inaugural meeting scheduled for October 2016.

Now in its third membership cycle, NACIE members appointed are:

  • Rebecca O. Bagley – Vice Chancellor Economic Partnerships at University of Pittsburgh
  • Esther M. Baldwin – Director of Innovation at Intel
  • Brian J. Bartholomeusz – Executive Director, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University
  • Heather Boesch – Director of Business Operations at IDEO
  • Trey Bowles – Cofounder at The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) and CEO at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
  • Melissa L. Bradley (Co-chair) Director, AU Center for Innovation in the Capital
  • Kathryn Finney – Founder and Managing Director at digitalundivided
  • Scott Frederick – Development Partner & Head of Federal at New Enterprise Associates
  • Kara Goldin – Founder & CEO at Hint Inc.
  • Julie K. Goonewardene* – Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Strategic Investment, University of Texas System
  • Orin Herskowitz – Executive Director, Vice President of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer at Columbia Technology Ventures, Columbia University
  • Richard A. Johnson – Associate Vice President at Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
  • Joseph Kapp – Entrepreneur in Residence at Eastern WV Community & Technical College and CEO at Behavioral Business, LLC
  • David S. Kenney* – President & Executive Director at Oregon BEST
  • Pradeep K. Khosla – Chancellor at University of California, San Diego
  • Marie Trzupek Lynch* – CEO at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
  • Mike Nemeth –Founder & CEO, S3 Planning
  • Andrew D. Reamer – Research Professor at George Washington University
  • Emily Reichert – CEO at Greentown Labs
  • Joseph L. Schocken – President at Broadmark Capital, LLC
  • Sue Griffith Smith – Vice President Technology and Applied Science at Ivy Tech Community College
  • Whitney S. Smith – Executive Director – Midwest, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase
  • Tiffany M. Stevenson – Vice President, Talent Management & Development at Sephora USA, Inc.
  • Stephen S. Tang* (Co-chair) President & CEO, University City Science Center
  • Eric J. Toone – Vice Provost & Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University
  • Howard A. Tullman – CEO at 1871 and General Managing Partner at Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC
  • Maribel Perez Wadsworth – Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Gannett Company Inc.
  • Tiffany J. Wilson* – Executive Director at Global Center for Medical Innovation
  • Chad Womack – Director, STEM Initiatives at United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • Andrew Yang – Founder and CEO at Venture for America

* reappointed member

To learn more about the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, visit www.eda.gov/oie/nacie.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Vice President for Government Relations

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced Mary Jane Michalak as vice president for government relations, assuming the role on September 26.

In this role, Michalak will be responsible for directing and overseeing the College’s governmental relations activities, which include planning and executing a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy.  She will be a key point of contact for legislators, state and federal government officials.

“I am honored to join the Ivy Tech Community College team because Ivy Tech’s success is critical to the state of Indiana,” said Michalak. “I look forward to collaborating with the chancellors across the state, college leadership in Indianapolis, and with our various stakeholders to ensure the success of our students.”

Most recently, Michalak served as vice president for Thomas P. Miller and Associates, a private consulting firm, where she oversaw strategic business partnerships focused on aligning strategies with workforce initiatives, economic development and education.

Michalak has a decade of experience in Indiana state government, including leading the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana. During her time in this role she helped merge the agency with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), bringing all higher education policy and operations together.

While at the ICHE, Michalak oversaw the distribution of the state’s financial aid programs, totaling nearly $300 million per year and serving more than 85,000 students. She aligned state practices and policies with federal regulations, and focused financial aid policies to emphasize completion, productivity, and quality for students, as well as the state’s return on investment. Additionally, Michalak created the state’s financial aid legislative agenda and strategies, ensuring implementation once passed.

“Ivy Tech is tasked by the legislature to serve as Indiana’s Community College system, thus requiring close alignment with our General Assembly,” said Ivy Tech Community College President, Sue Ellspermann. “As we move forward and continue to work on our key objectives, student success and workforce alignment, it will be critical that we are transparent in our communications and objectives, and work alongside our legislative partners. Further, as the nation’s largest singly accredited community college, Ivy Tech has a responsibility to actively participate in federal higher education and financial aid reform efforts.”

In 2012-2013, Michalak coordinated efforts that led to the state legislature passing the largest state financial aid reform package in history, tying student financial aid to milestones of completion, while guiding students to a four-year degree track. The first year of implementation, the policy led to an increase in the number of 21st Century Scholars taking 30 credits per year by 55 percent and Frank O’Bannon Grant students taking 30 credits per year by 19 percent.

In January 2013, former Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels, awarded Michalak with the Governor’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Michalak served on the federal relations committee of the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP), and in 2014, was selected by the NASSGAP Executive Committee to speak to the White House Domestic Policy Council about financial aid reform efforts in Indiana.

In Michalak’s career, she previously served as chief of staff and director of communications for the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. She also served as a communications specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, where she held roles related to media relations and the State Board of Education support.

Prior to her government service, Michalak worked as a Statehouse reporter covering education, policy, and gaming news for a niche publication.

Michalak earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with honors from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. She currently attends Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, where she is enrolled in a dual program with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs to earn her Doctorate of Jurisprudence and Master of Public Affairs.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

 

 

Ivy Tech Community College Names Senior Vice President for Workforce Alignment 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced Chris R. Lowery as senior vice president for workforce alignment, assuming the role on September 16. He currently serves as acting vice president for Ivy Tech Corporate College and chancellor of the Columbus and Southeast regions. An internal interim to fill Lowery’s position is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

In his new role, Lowery will be responsible for articulating a vision, mission, strategy, and strategic objectives, to drive the College’s workforce alignment and development initiatives. He will develop collaborative partnerships with, and engage, state and federal workforce and economic development organizations, private sector organizations, business associations, and other groups pursuing workforce and economic development and training solutions for Indiana. This role is vital to making certain Ivy Tech is playing a leading and collaborative role in the transformation of Indiana’s economy.

“The role of Ivy Tech in workforce alignment is critical and much work remains to be done,” said Lowery. “I chose to work for Ivy Tech Community College because of their mission, and this drives me each day. We have the opportunity to make a robust workforce alignment strategy that is demand driven, voice-of-the-customer oriented, and measured in terms of outcomes and success. I look forward to not only the challenge, but the results for employers and individuals.”

Since August 2014, Lowery has served as chancellor for the Columbus and Southeast regions, which is comprised of four primary campuses and five additional sites across 11 counties. Additionally, since April 2016, he has served as acting vice president of Corporate College where he led the efforts for training, assessment and professional development for Ivy Tech.

Lowery is a member of the State Workforce Innovation Council, a privilege appointed by the Governor of Indiana. Also with the Council, he is the chair of the Work and Learn Taskforce, appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, and recently a member of the Demand-Driven Taskforce, by the same appointee. On behalf of the College, he is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Workforce Investment Board’s Board of Directors. He is also the chair of the Governor’s Works Council for Southeastern Indiana, appointed in 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Chris join our leadership team,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Community College President. “Over half of our students are pursuing a degree or certificate that takes them directly into the workforce. Chris is able to see the big picture and what is needed to elevate the state of Indiana and align our graduates to higher job placement rates, particularly in areas where local employers are in need of an educated workforce.  His experience in the regions, Corporate College, business, K12 education, and government will be the perfect addition to our focus for student success and workforce alignment.”

Under Lowery’s leadership, in January 2013, the Batesville School Corporation partnered with the city of Batesville, private businesses, philanthropic organizations and individuals to fund and establish a full scale college campus in Batesville, operated by Ivy Tech Community College. He also worked to create a groundbreaking partnership between Ivy Tech, the Governor’s Works Council, the regional Workforce Investment Board, the Area Health Education Center, and regional leaders of EcO15, to offer summer camps throughout the region for rising 8th and 9th graders, internship programs for 11th and 12th graders, externships for high school teachers, and many other offerings to benefit the public and community.

Prior to his career with Ivy Tech, Lowery led public policy and engagement for Hillenbrand, Inc. in Batesville, Ind. While there he was responsible for corporate communications, public affairs and government relations. He also served as chair of the executive committee of Hillenbrand’s Charitable Contributions Committee. Also, during his twenty year tenure with Hillenbrand, he served in a variety of management and leadership capacities at Hillenbrand’s Batesville Casket Company which included areas of Sales Development, Human Resources, Acquisition Integration, Product Leadership, and Marketing and Strategic Planning for the Options division.

Lowery has professional experience in government, which included serving as the executive director for the Association of Indiana Counties, Inc., assistant to the Governor for the Office of Robert D. Orr, and legislative assistant/correspondent for the Office of Dan Quayle. While on staff for Governor Orr, he was actively involved in supporting the A+ Program for Educational Excellence and received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.

Lowery earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Affairs through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and anticipates completion in early 2018. During his tenure with Hillenbrand, he completed Lean/Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) training, Foundations of Leadership, and other topics on leadership and results-based facilitation.

As part of his community engagement, Lowery is a member of the Sagamore Institute (Think Tank) Board of Trustees; member of the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Board of Directors, and member of the Indiana University Alumni Association Executive Council. He served in 2002-2014, and 2007-2014, as a Board of Trustee member, and president of the board, respectively, for the Batesville Community School Corporation. During his time with the School Corporation, he co-founded the Batesville Community Education Foundation.

Lowery and his wife, Jerilyn, are active members and supporters of the Well House Society, the Arbutus Society, the Alumni Association, the Varsity Club, and Hoosiers for Higher Education, all Indiana University organizations. They have also funded a student scholarship through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.