Martha Lamkin named as Chair for Ivy Tech Community College search committee

Former Lumina Foundation President and CEO to lead search for Central Indiana campus leader

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has named Martha Lamkin as the chair of the search committee for the leadership position of its Central Indiana (Indianapolis) campus. Dr. Hank Dunn, who served as chancellor since 2006, was recently named President of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina. Lamkin, the founding President and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education, currently serves as a member of the Ivy Tech Central Indiana regional board of trustees.

Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder also announced the formation of an Indianapolis Study Committee to analyze the operations of the Central Indiana regional campus and the statewide operations under the Office of the President, Provost and Workforce & Economic Development. Those statewide offices currently are housed at the Indianapolis campus located at the corner of Fall Creek and Meridian. Ivy Tech Central Indiana regional board of trustees members Devin Anderson, the President of E&A Industries, and Rollin Dick, an Investment Consultant with MH Equity Investors, LLC, will co-chair the committee which will make recommendations to the President by April 1. That information will be provided to advise the search committee.

Dr. Kathleen Lee, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Indianapolis Campus, is currently serving as acting chancellor.

Martha Lamkin served as Lumina’s chief executive from August 2000 when the Indianapolis-based foundation was formed until December 2007. She was executive vice president and a member of the board of directors of USA Group, the nonprofit organization that preceded the Foundation, from 1991-2000. Under Lamkin’s leadership, Lumina grew its assets to more than $1.3 billion from $775 million. It developed a niche as a foundation solely focused on issues of college access and success on a national scale. In its first six years, the Foundation made some 360 grants totaling more than $121 million. One of the most noteworthy grant initiatives was Achieving the Dream, a $55 million program designed to improve student attainment rates in the nation’s community colleges. Ivy Tech Community College was recently named an Achieving the Dream school.

Lamkin has extensive leadership experience in higher education and philanthropy. She served as a trustee and chair of The Indianapolis Foundation, the nation’s second oldest and Indiana’s largest community foundation. She is a co-founder and former chair of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, which now combines more than $480 million in assets of The Indianapolis Foundation, the Legacy Fund and other community endowments. Previously Lamkin served as president of the Cummins Engine Foundation and as a member of the boards of visitors of the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis and DePauw University, as well as the President’s Cabinet of Indiana University. She also served as board member and chair of the Christian Theological Seminary and as a board member of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, in addition to a number of civic and corporate boards. Currently, Lamkin serves as chair and president of the board of directors of Citizens Energy Group, Inc.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest, singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. 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.

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