INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has established a search committee for the leadership position of its Wabash Valley (Terre Haute) region. Dr. Jeff Pittman, who served as chancellor since 1999, will now serve the college as Vice Provost for On-Line Education.
The committee plans to make its final selection by late May or early June. David R. Doerr, President and CEO of Union Health System in Terre Haute, will serve as the committee chair. Additional committee members include Ed Carmichael, Carmichael Farms; Daniel Tanoos, Superintendent of Vigo County School Corporation; V. Bruce Walkup, Regional President of First Financial Bank; Daniel Bradley, President of Indiana State University; Bill Dory, Executive Director of Putnam County Economic Development Center; Steve Witt, President of Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation; Tradara McLaurine, Assistant Director/Academic Advisor at Ivy Tech; and Julie Will, Dean/Assistant Professor at Ivy Tech.
In addition to serving as Chancellor, Pittman has served as the Executive Dean of the Sellersburg Region, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Bloomington Campus, and Department Chair of Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Trades at the Columbus Campus.
While serving as Chancellor, Pittman also served the dual role of Vice Provost for On-Line Education for the last two years. Under Pittman’s statewide leadership the College has seen enrollment in distance education double from just over 32,728 in 2008 to 65,470 in 2010. With the recent growth of on-line learning at Ivy Tech, the College asked Pittman to focus his attention and efforts on the further expansion in distance education. His new position will be based in Indianapolis.
Lea Anne Crooks, who currently serves as the Wabash Valley region’s Executive Director for Workforce and Economic Development, is presently serving as the region’s interim chancellor.
Ivy Tech 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.