Ivy Tech Community College Selects Asst. VP of Ivy Institute

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Glen D. Roberson as its new Assistant Vice President and Statewide Dean for the Ivy Institute of Technology.  He will assume his role January 16.

The Ivy Institute of Technology is a group of programs focusing on the skills and knowledge required for industries where jobs are in high demand.  The program prepares students for entry-level or mid-level employment in the areas of Welding, Machine Tool Technology, or Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.  The program can be completed in just 8 months.

Roberson will be responsible for the strategic plan, recruitment and marketing strategy, as well as the administration and operation of the statewide Ivy Institute of Technology.  He will also track and analyze enrollment trends, retention and completion of Institute students, as well as assist Ivy Tech campuses and regions as programs are launched at new locations.  In addition, Roberson will evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of the Institute curriculum and pedagogy. 

“Glen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this exciting new program at Ivy Tech Community College,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Senior Vice President and Provost at Ivy Tech. “With Glen’s expertise we will be able to expand this program to meet the needs of many of our students looking for a short-term educational opportunity that will place them in the fast-growing occupations supported by the Ivy Institute of Technology.” 

Roberson has been with Ivy Tech Community College for more than 16 years and most recently served as Dean of the School of Technology as well as Associate Professor at the college’s Lafayette campus.  In his role, he advised students with course scheduling, career goals, employment preparation and career placement.  Roberson also coordinated dual credit courses with area high schools and acquired over $1 million in equipment donations.  In 2002, he wrote the first technical course articulations with Purdue University and assisted in transitioning this course articulation into a statewide articulation. 

Prior to his role as Dean, Roberson served as Program Chair of the Automotive Technology program at the college’s Lafayette campus.  In this role he taught courses, advised students, selected and hired faculty, as well as managed the School of Technology’s budget.  Prior to that, Roberson served as an adjunct faculty member in automotive technology. 

Before starting his career at Ivy Tech, Roberson was Owner and Diagnostic Technician for Certified Auto Care in Muncie, as well as an Engineering Estimator and Tool Designer for Duffy Tool and Stamping (U.S. Engineering) also in Muncie. 

In addition, Roberson serves as Chair for the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (AMAE) Personnel Committee assigning all university and community colleges on teams to accredit other colleges.  He’s also a Certified Team Leader for Project-Lead-the-Way (PLTW), member of the American Wind Energy Association, member of the Indiana Energy Consortium, and member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, to name a few. 

Roberson received his Master’s of Science in Technology Education, Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  He also earned an Associate of Science in Manufacturing Design and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology from Ball State University. 

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.

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