Sandra Howarth selected as Executive Director of Ivy Tech Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Sandra Howarth to serve as Executive Director of the Ivy Tech Foundation under the leadership of Ivy Tech Foundation President John Murphy.  She will begin her position on November 3.

Howarth most recently served as Director of Advancement for Purdue University Libraries and Press where she was responsible for the development and execution of the Libraries and Press advancement plan, as well as bringing donors/prospects to the unit and the University through use of the development process, including solicitation of major gifts.  Howarth consistently exceeded the department’s yearly $2 million fundraising goal and raised more than $8.3 million in fiscal year 2014.

Before assuming her position as Director of Advancement, Howarth served as Director of Development for Purdue University’s College of Science where she was responsible for securing major gifts that served to meet the various funding needs as established by each department’s strategic goals.  She consistently exceeded the department’s yearly $1 million fundraising goal, raising nearly $6 million in the 3 years she held the position.

Prior to her career at Purdue, Howarth served as Executive Director of the Perry Township Education Foundation where she was responsible for the distribution of more than $100,000 in grants to more than 900 Perry Township teachers and administrators which impacted 14,000 students annually.  She also managed several successful fundraising activities, and developed and maintained more than 900 individual and corporate relationships for the Foundation.

Howarth also spent seven years at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis and served six years as Director of Development where she built and sustained relationships with Presidents, CEOs and Community Relations Directors of more than 55 Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 Indiana-based companies.  In this capacity, she raised $2.3 million in financial support to cover operating expenses and built 24 Habitat homes for low-income Indianapolis families in 2006.  She also implemented the Terry Axelrod “Raising More Money” fund raising/cultivation program, generated $132,000 and $167,000 from one-time and multiple year donations, and reinstituted the Habitat’s Golf Classic.

She also spent several years as an Independent Training Consultant at SHH, Inc. and Nina S. Miller Associates.  Howarth has also held positions as Manager of Accounts Payable at Stokes-Ellis Corporation and Vice President of Human Services at Mountain States Transportation, Inc., both located in Denver, Colorado.  She has also served as Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Loan Processing for Indiana Mortgage Corporation and Internal Consultant for Indiana National Bank.

Howarth earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 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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