Ivy Tech Community College Merging Northwest and North Central Regions

INDIANAPOLIS—The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees approved the merging of two of the College’s 14 administrative regions.  Effective immediately the College’s Northwest and North Central regions will be combined to create a single yet to be named administrative region.  Dr. Thomas G. Coley who currently serves as the North Central Chancellor and the Interim Chancellor for the Northwest region will serve as the Chancellor of the newly formed region.

The current Northwest region includes campuses in East Chicago, Gary, Valparaiso and Michigan City and enrolls over 16,000 students a year.  The current North Central region includes campuses in Elkhart, South Bend and Warsaw and which enrolls nearly 12,200 students a year.  Both existing regional board of trustees will continue to function providing valuable guidance to the leadership team.

The decision to consolidate administrative functions for the two regions was the result of a resolution passed by the Board after a review of the potential efficiencies of consolidating the regions.  The Board also requested that the College develop a plan to reduce current operating expenses, including, but not limited to, the consolidation of additional regions, functional reorganizations and limiting student enrollment.

Dr. Coley has held faculty and administrative positions in higher education for more than 33 years.  Prior to joining Ivy Tech in June of 2011, he served as president of Scott Community College in Scott County, Iowa, part of the East Iowa Community College District, where he managed the overall operations, as well as coordinated and directed the development of financial resources and facility operations at multiple sites.  In addition to his role as president of Scott Community College, Dr. Coley also served as vice chancellor of Instruction for the East Iowa Community College District.  He also served as vice chancellor of Technology and Communications Systems for the District.

Prior to his roles at Scott Community College, Dr. Coley served as vice president of Instruction and Student Services at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. In addition, he has served as assistant vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.  Prior to that, he served as assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Oregon State System of Higher Education; executive assistant to the president at California State University-Fullerton; and assistant provost of the Division of Human and College Resources at University of Maryland-College Park.  

Dr. Coley earned his doctoral degree in Education Administration and his master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Moorhead State University in Minnesota.

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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