FORT WAYNE – Ivy Tech Community College’s Northeast Region announced the first regional capital campaign in its history and accepted a major campaign contribution at a ceremony yesterday. The $6.5 million campaign is raising funds for scholarship, instructional equipment, new academic programs and endowed faculty chairs.
A major goal of the campaign was realized at the ceremony when the Dekko Foundation, which is headquartered in Kendallville, Indiana, presented Ivy Tech Chancellor Mark A. Keen, Ph.D. with a gift of $1.3 million for an endowed faculty chair in Early Childhood Education. The gift is the largest ever for the Fort Wayne Ivy Tech campus and the first Endowed Faculty Chair for the statewide Ivy Tech system. The gift was presented by Tom Leedy, who is President and CEO of Dekko Foundation. According to Leedy, the gift from Dekko recognizes the leadership role Ivy Tech Community College plays in early childhood education throughout northeast Indiana and will help Ivy Tech elevate area expectations and opportunities in this critical profession.
Ivy Tech Community College students also showed their support of the campaign at the ceremony. Alisa Harris, representing the Student Government Association, presented Chancellor Keen with a check for $150,000. The student government gift will be used to furnish a wellness center. Harris came to Ivy Tech as a single mother of two looking for a new career path. She’s earned an associate degree, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and is continuing her educational path toward a bachelor’s degree. She says that her life has been forever changed by Ivy Tech Community College and is proud that student government selected her to make the presentation.
According to Chancellor Keen, “with these gifts we have raised $3.5 million and are already over halfway to the campaign goal of $6.5 million. I am humbled by the strong support of Ivy Tech that our local community is showing in these difficult economic times.” He went on to say, “The support for the campaign, along with our amazing growth in student enrollment, shows that Ivy Tech truly is transforming tomorrow’s workforce and changing lives in Northeast Indiana.”
Significant gifts to the Capital Campaign have also been received from English-Bonter- Mitchell foundation, the Foellinger Foundation, the McMillen Foundation, and the Wilson Foundation. In the family division, gifts from faculty, students, trustees and others close to the College, more than $850,000 has been pledged or donated, exceeding the $650,000 goal.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is one of the nation’s largest statewide community college systems and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 115,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 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 of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.