Ivy Tech Community College selects Asst. VP of Nursing Education

INDIANAPOLIS–Ivy Tech Community College has promoted Dr. Laurie F. Peters to serve as the college’s Assistant Vice President of Nursing Education.

Peters, who currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the college’s Kokomo campus, will assume her new statewide role on April 16.  She has been serving as interim Vice President since the retirement of Gail Sprigler who served the Vice President role since 2010.  Sprigler retired last month after serving several roles within the college.

Peters will be responsible for the administration and operation of the college’s Practical Nursing and Associate of Science Nursing programs for the entire statewide system, as well as directing the college’s regional Deans in coordination of daily operations at individual campuses.

“Dr. Peters has extensive experience in higher education and nursing education,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Senior Vice President and Provost at Ivy Tech.  “She has been instrumental in the development of our nursing and healthcare curriculum not only at the Kokomo campus but for the entire statewide system.  She has an impressive track record for securing grants to help provide greater opportunities not only for our clinical lab space and program equipment, but for our students as well.”

In addition, Peters will coordinate and monitor the Systematic Evaluation Plan and quality improvement initiatives, analyze data for individual learning sites and aggregate program data, engage regional deans and faculty in analysis of data and development of site-specific and total program quality improvement initiatives, and direct deans and faculty to ensure adherence to accreditation standards.

Peters, who has served the college in various roles for nearly 20 years, most recently served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the college’s Kokomo campus where she was instrumental in developing initiatives to enhance student persistence, retention, and completion through involvement in the Achieving the Dream initiatives, as well as the college’s strategic plan, Accelerating Greatness.

Prior to her role as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Peters served as the Division Chair/Dean for the School of Health Sciences at the college’s Kokomo campus.  While Dean, Peters developed and implemented new dental assisting, surgical technology, and paramedic science programs, as well as achieved full national and state accreditation status for all health science programs.  She also collaborated with local healthcare providers and postsecondary schools to establish the Regional Healthcare Skills Alliance to develop a system for clinical utilization in collaboration with Indiana University-Kokomo, as well as to develop a new method for tracking and reporting student immunization and background data to healthcare facilities and ensuring compliance with FERPA guidelines.

Peters also served as the Program Chair for Practical Nursing at the college’s Kokomo campus prior to serving as Dean.  In her role as Program Chair, Peters developed a new part-time nursing program at the college’s Logansport campus, as well as acquired donations worth more than $15,000 in medical equipment and supplies.

She has served as a faculty member for the Practical Nursing program where she was responsible for developing syllabi, didactic, lab and clinical instruction, student advising, and program review and revision.  She also developed the student nurse group, Practical Nursing Student Organization, as a vehicle for involving nursing students in leadership, volunteer, and other community efforts.

During her career at Ivy Tech, Peters has also secured several grants for the college including more than $1 million in Nursing Career Advancement Grants used to fund faculty positions, supplies and equipment for the nursing program, as well as a new computer lab for nursing and healthcare programs.

Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, Peters served as a Registered Nurse at various hospitals and healthcare centers.

Peters received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Foundations from Indiana State University.  She earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Ball State University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Indiana University-Kokomo.

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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