Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder has appointed Dr. Steven Tincher as the College’s new Vice President for the Business and Public Services division. Tincher most recently served as the Chancellor for the College’s Richmond region
This appointment comes on the heels of the College announcing the restructuring of its academic divisions into the Technology & Applied Sciences Division, Business & Public Services Division, Health Sciences Division and University & Transfer Division. Tincher is the third division vice president named. He joins Dr. Russ Baker who was earlier named Vice President of the University & Transfer Division and Sue Smith who was named Vice President for the Technology & Applied Sciences Division.
“Steve will lead our efforts in further developing our Business and Public Services division. He brings a wealth of knowledge having led the academic efforts in Richmond before being named Chancellor in that region,” Snyder said. “His experience working with regional business, industry and organizations as regional chancellor will be leveraged at the College-wide level in this new position. This is an important time for the community college as we restructure our academic offerings. Steve is a great addition to a dynamic academic leadership team being formed under the direction of Provost Mary Ostrye.”
The Business and Public Services Division will include programs designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment and degrees awarded are primarily the Associate of Applied Science. Most programs have related Technical Certificates that can be completed prior to the Associate of Applied Science, while some programs embed certifications. Tincher will lead the efforts to ensure the division’s offerings match with the needs of the business and public services sector and he will help connect students with employers.
“The link of the Business and Public Services curricula with business, industry, organizational and market needs and trends is a hallmark of the College. We look forward to strengthening that link and expanding strategic partnerships with employers and Ivy Tech. The College’s students and graduates are an essential component for economic development across Indiana’s communities. The focus of the new division structure will make that relationship even stronger,” Tincher said.
Under Tincher’s leadership the Richmond region enrolled nearly 3,000 students this past Fall term and reported 748 higher education credentials were earned by students during the 2012-13 academic year.
“Steve has a proven track record with developing successful retention and completion programs and we will look for him to develop a model that can be replicated throughout the state to ensure increased student success in the academic areas of business and public services,” Snyder said.
Prior to joining Ivy Tech full-time, Tincher held accounting management positions in the manufacturing sector. He has been an adjunct faculty member in business/organizational leadership for several institutions and has adjunct taught management courses at the graduate level for The McGregor School and Franklin University. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a major in Business from Regent University, a M.A. in Accounting and a B.S. General Business Administration from Ball State University.
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.