Ivy Tech Northwest appoints two new vice chancellor/deans
Sikoski and Soria selected to take the helm of Valparaiso and Michigan City Pejic campuses
Gary — Ivy Tech Community College Northwest has named Aco Sikoski and Rick Soria as vice chancellor/deans for the Valparaiso and the Michigan City Pejic Campus. As vice chancellor/deans they will be responsible for the daily administrative operation on the campuses. Sikoski and Soria replace Delores Haklin and Jerry Huddleston who both retired at the end of 2011.
Sikoski has been employed at Ivy Tech since 1997 when he began as an adjunct in the math department. Soon after he was promoted to program chair in the design technology program where he served until 2007 when he became dean of the School of Technology and the School of Applied Science and Pre-engineering.
As dean of the schools he was instrumental in the development and implementation of one of two pre-engineering programs. Most recently, he has been instrumental in the creation of the energy technology curriculum that prepares students to work with such energy companies as NIPSCO.
Recognized in the northwest region in 2003 with the President’s Award for outstanding instruction in the classroom, he has worked with his colleagues from sister institutions in the region to strengthen the ability of students to attain degrees in the fields of engineering, design technology, and computer graphics.
Soria has been with the college since 2002 when he was brought on to create Ivy Tech’s first mortuary science program. As chair he guided the program through a rigorous accreditation process in 2005 making it the 55th American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accredited program in the country. Under his leadership, the College developed partnerships that led to internships with vendors and funeral homes in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
In 2007, he was selected as dean of the School of Public and Social Sciences where he provided direction for program improvement, development, and review and changes to meet student and employer needs. That same year he was recognize with the President’s Award for outstanding instruction in the classroom. Recently, he directed the accreditation process for the hospitality program.
Sikoski received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kiril I Metodj University in Macedonia and his masters of engineering from Purdue University. Soria received his bachelors in business management from Calumet College of St. Joseph, his technical certificate in mortuary science from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Illinois, and his juris doctorate of law from Valparaiso University School of Law.
“Their success as faculty and school deans has prepared them to take on this new challenge. The opportunity to have individuals advance within the institution is a great statement both about the nature of the College and the professional growth experiences they have undergone. This is an exciting time for Ivy Tech, and we look forward to the more intensive involvement of both Aco and Rick not only at their respective campuses, but throughout the community as well,” said Chancellor J. Guadalupe Valtierra.
Both Sikoski and Soria will begin their new assignment June 18.
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.