Ivy Tech Community College selects Executive Director for Academic Advising

INDIANAPOLIS–Ivy Tech Community College has selected Susan L. Hawkins-Wilding as its new Executive Director for Academic Advising.  She will assume her role on February 27.


Hawkins-Wilding will provide college-wide leadership and oversight of academic advising, as well as collaborate with academic affairs, financial aid and Ivy Tech Corporate College to create an engaging environment for the advising process.


In her role, Hawkins-Wilding will identify best practices pertaining to academic advising and its direct impact on student success, credential production, transfer, and degree completion.  She will provide vision and strategic planning that supports the works of regional academic advising centers, staff and faculty and that fulfills the college’s mission and strategic objectives.


Hawkins-Wilding most recently served as Director of Advising and Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she led and administered advising and career programming, managed program growth goals and retention projects, led student success initiatives for the strategic planning team, as well as managed and facilitated multiple intervention programs for at-risk students.


Prior to her role at the University of Wisconsin, Hawkins-Wilding served as Associate Director and then Interim Director at The Lilly Project for Exploration of Vocation at The College of Wooster in Ohio where she coordinated all aspects of summer field experience internships.


She has also held positions as Coordinator of Student Services at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, and Academic Advisor for the Alternatives Program at The Ohio State University


Hawkins-Wilding earned a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Youngstown 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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