INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees has approved the consolidation of the administrative structures of the College’s Lafayette and Kokomo regions. The restructuring is part of a series of regional leadership consolidations that began last year to decrease costs and increase efficiencies in the nation’s largest community college system.
David Bathe, currently chancellor of the Lafayette Region, will have administrative responsibility for a restructured leadership team with duties across the two regions.
Following Ivy Tech’s new structure, the Kokomo and Lafayette regional boards of trustees will remain in place to respond to the needs of their regions and campus presidents will be named for the Kokomo and Lafayette campuses to serve as the College’s liaison in the two communities.
Kokomo Region Chancellor Stephen Daily, who announced in July that he will retire Jan. 15, 2015, will assist in the implementation of the consolidation plan that he and Bathe will develop for the region to ensure a smooth transition.
“The two chancellors are working on a strategic plan designed to minimize the impact on faculty and staff and to maximize the region’s ability to serve its students and its communities,” Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said.
“The Kokomo and Lafayette regional trustees, along with the campus presidents, will continue to work closely with their communities to ensure that the needs of our students and area employers are being met,” Snyder continued. “The excellent services and education provided at our campuses will continue.”
Bathe noted the consolidation is entirely at the administrative level. “Students will continue to receive services at their home campus and will see no impact on their academic experience,” he said. “Area employers, college supporters, and community leaders will continue to have access to the Ivy Tech campus in their community, as always.”
The new administrative structure will oversee campuses and instructional sites at Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, Monticello, Peru, Rochester, Tipton, and Wabash. It will serve 14 counties: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, and White.
“From the perspective of business and industry, the combined region encompasses the area covered by the West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Board,” Bathe said. “The Ivy Tech Corporate College offices from Lafayette and Kokomo have already partnered on several projects to promote workforce and economic development, including the federal Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant to foster workforce and economic development.
“I look forward to working across north central Indiana to build on Ivy Tech’s history of educational and community service fostered by Chancellor Daily,” he continued. “Personally, I also want to recognize Steve for being my mentor and adviser when I became chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Region.”
This marks the fifth such regional consolidation that the College has announced. The first took place in April 2013 when the Northwest and North Central regions were merged. In January 2014 the College announced the consolidation of the East Central and Richmond regions along with the consolidation of the Columbus and Southeast regions. And in April 2014 the Wabash Valley and Southwest regions were merged.
“We have been pleased with the consolidation efforts to date,” Snyder said. “Our efforts to become more efficient and streamline administrative duties have been a success thus far. And we are seeing increased local engagement and outreach which is core to our mission as the state’s community college.”
With the consolidation of the Kokomo and Lafayette regions Ivy Tech will now operate with nine regional chancellors, a number that was as high as 14 in the past. Chancellors will continue to oversee the 32 degree-granting locations and 75+ educational sites throughout the state within the various regional boundaries.
The College is in the process of naming Campus Presidents for an estimated 20 educational sites throughout the state, many of the College’s degree granting locations. This new title replaces the current title of Vice Chancellor/Dean that exists in many of these locations. The Campus Presidents will report to the chancellors within the sites they serve. The focus of the local Campus President will be outreach to the local community.
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.