INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Benjamin Young as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Young has been with the college for six years and most recently served as Vice President for Student Affairs. He has more than 41 years of professional and administrative experience working in a variety of higher education institutions from regional state colleges to multi-campus community college systems.
Reporting directly to President Thomas J. Snyder, Young will provide the necessary planning, structure, leadership, and direction for the continued execution of the college-wide diversity program. He will also assist Ivy Tech’s regional campuses and diversity councils with the development of localized diversity plans to support the overall strategic diversity plan for the College.
“The collective diversity among our campuses statewide is our greatest strength and we need to continue to build upon that strength,” said President Snyder. “Dr. Young’s experience in higher education in a variety of different roles is invaluable as he leads us in this important area. Diversity enhances our ability to serve our students. It not only enriches the educational experience, but it promotes personal growth and strengthens communities and workplaces. It is clear from recent reports that Ivy Tech is the first choice of many minority students in the state. This will be one of the areas of focus for Dr. Young as we are seeing an ever-changing student body in a variety of different ways.”
A recent report issued by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shared college enrollment for 2011 Indiana public high school graduates. That report showed that 28 percent of African American and another 28 percent of Hispanic 2011 graduates that enrolled in College enrolled at Ivy Tech. By comparison Indiana saw 6 percent of the African American graduates and 9 percent of the Hispanic graduates enroll at their Bloomington campus. While Purdue saw 3 percent of the African American enrollments and 6 percent of the Hispanic graduates enroll at their West Lafayette campus.
Young will also develop, implement and monitor a comprehensive array of programs and processes that sustain equity and achieve diversity for the college, including implementing a college-wide search protocol for the hiring of faculty and staff, collaborating with college constituents to recommend policy and operational changes that enhance equity and diversity, as well as establishing clear pathways for minority and women-owned businesses to acquire contracts with the college.
In addition, Young will chair the statewide Diversity Committee comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, state residents and students. He will also collaborate with Human Resources, Academic Affairs and Marketing in recruitment efforts to attract, employ and retain a diverse faculty and staff population.
Young most recently served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Ivy Tech where he provided statewide coordination and support for academic advising, registration and academic records, student life, retention and student success, and student development programs. As the College’s chief student advocate, his responsibilities included leadership for ensuring common practices are in place statewide from admission to graduation. He also serves on many critical College-wide decision making bodies including President’s Cabinet, Accelerating Greatness strategic planning council, and the Achieving the Dream Core Team.
Prior to coming to Ivy Tech in March 2007, Young served as the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services/Dean of Students at Indiana University East from August 1997 to March 2007. In this capacity, Young advocated for enhanced student services, focusing on making education as accessible for students as possible. His efforts have included aligning class start times with student work schedules, making computer labs readily available, establishing programs to honor academic excellence and establishing off site locations and extended office hours to reduce student wait time during registration.
Prior to joining Indiana University, Young spent more than 20 years in higher education administration including eight years in the role of Vice President at community colleges, including Lincoln Land Community College (1990 – 1996) and City Colleges of Chicago (1996-1997).
He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He is also an active member of The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools occupying leadership roles as team chair and Institutional Actions Council member. He has been on 37 team visits.
Young earned his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama, a Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Young is a resident of Richmond, Indiana. He has been very active in the Richmond-Wayne County area, serving on the board of advisors for the Richmond Parks and Recreation and Wayne County Foundation. His wife, Lanette, is a retired Indiana University East administrator; they have two adult daughters, Kristi who resides in Nebraska, and Crystal who lives in Missouri.
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.