INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected B. Kaye Walter as its Chancellor for the Central Indiana region. Walter will begin her position November 1.
“I am delighted to be joining what I consider to be the most innovative community college in the country, Ivy Tech Community College,” said Walter. “It is truly an honor to join President Snyder, the Board of Trustees, and the Ivy Tech team of faculty, staff, and students as they continue their work of making Indiana great by changing so many lives.”
The Central Indiana region is Ivy Tech’s largest with over 22,000 students attending its main campus in Indianapolis at the corner of Fall Creek and Meridian, its Fairbanks Center for Healthcare Professions in Lawrence and its dozen other educational sites. Walter will oversee academic delivery and operations for the region including the completion of the Fall Creek Expansion and the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center construction projects in Indianapolis. She will also serve as a member of the President Thomas J. Snyder’s cabinet.
“Kaye is a proven leader within higher education and community college. She brings a wealth of talent and knowledge to our Ivy Tech Community College team and her learning-centered focus will benefit our students. I’m excited for Kaye to join our team as we continue to expand the efforts of the College in Central Indiana and across the state,” Snyder said.
Walter has more than 14 years of experience in senior administrative positions in higher education. Since 2005, she has served as Executive Vice President/Chief Learning Officer for Valencia Community College where she was responsible for providing leadership for the district’s four campuses enrolling over 63,000 students annually. She oversaw the college’s efforts in faculty professional development, institutional research and institutional effectiveness along with the management of the campus provosts and assistant vice presidents.
She has been instrumental in Valencia’s honors program, dual enrollment, alternative delivery and distance learning, developmental education, student success courses, workforce education and the teaching and learning academy. She facilitated the establishment of Valencia Community College’s first enrollment plan. Her focus on learning and student development gave students more opportunities for reaching their goals for higher education, and as a result, improved the college’s retention and success rates. Walter directed several initiatives that help students overcome academic obstacles including Achieving the Dream, Foundations of Excellence, and the Developmental Education Initiative.
Prior to her role with Valencia Community College, Walter served as Vice President for Academic Services at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) from 1997-2005. There she provided leadership for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, growth management, assessment, accreditation, master planning, instructional curriculum and academic/vocational programming and community partnerships to name a few of her responsibilities. From 1996-97 she served as the Dean of Mathematics and the Sciences at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Before becoming Dean of Mathematics and the Sciences, Walter taught several chemistry courses and developed the online chemistry curriculum at KCKCC.
Walter earned a doctorate degree and a master’s degree in chemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas, a master’s degree in Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Houston. She has been published in a number of journals and has received several Chair Academy Awards recognizing her outstanding leadership.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.