Ivy Tech Community College names interim chancellor for college’s East Central Region

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College announced today it has appointed Dr. John Lightle to the position of interim Chancellor of the college’s East Central region.


The college expects to name a Chancellor in mid-September with a targeted start date of early October.  Lightle temporarily replaces Gail Chesterfield who left the college on August 31.


Lightle is a 10 year veteran of Ivy Tech and currently serves as Vice Chancellor/Dean of the Marion Campus where he provides general oversight to the Marion campus, community outreach, recruitment of students, and development of student life.  He also led the planning, construction and relocation of the college’s new campus in Marion.


Prior to his position of Vice Chancellor/Dean, Lightle served as Director of Faculty Development and Secondary Education Connections where he managed a tech prep grant for a six county consortium, as well as organized professional development activities for secondary and postsecondary school faculty and administrative staff members.  He also previously served as an adjunct instructor for accounting.


Before joining Ivy Tech, Lightle served 35 years with Marion Community Schools beginning his career as a business education teacher.  He served six years as the Director of Community and Career Programs, as well as six years as Assistant Superintendent of Operations.    He also held positions as Assistant Business Manager/Director of Buildings and Grounds, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Cooperative Office Education Teacher/Coordinator, Youth Employment Training Program Director, and Adult Evening School Accounting Teacher.  In addition, Lightle has served as a part-time instructor at Ball State University.


Lightle is very active in the local community and currently serves as Chair of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as Vice Chair of the Board for Via Credit Union.  He currently is a board member of Project Leadership and the Affordable Housing Corporation.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnetrista Cultural Center.  Lightle previously served several positions within the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Marion Teachers Association and Marion Urban Enterprise Zone.  He currently attends Grace Community Church in Marion.  


Lightle earned his Doctorate in Education, Master’s in Education and Bachelor of Science in Education from Ball State University.  He has also completed post-doctorate courses at Ball State University, Central Michigan University, Illinois State University, Louisiana State University and Spring Arbor College.

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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