Ivy Tech Community College selects Emily Styron as Chief Procurement Officer

INDIANAPOLIS—Ivy Tech Community College has named Emily Styron as the college’s new Chief Procurement Officer. She began her new position on Monday, July 13, and replaces Jim Hudson who is retiring from the college after eight years of service. 

Hudson has been instrumental in implementing several cost savings and revenue generation initiatives at the college. Initiatives include an energy savings contract generating $10 million in savings, contracting with AVI for exclusive beverage rights and with Follett bookstores to generate over $40 million in incremental revenue, and consolidating supply bases for office supplies, furniture and other commodities to save an additional $5+ million. He also accomplished an institutional goal called “Save 10 by 2010,” which allowed the college to save 10 percent of its annual operating budget by leveraging statewide efficiencies.


“Jim has led a number of cost savings initiatives that have saved the college millions of dollars, allowing us to hire more full time faculty and support staff in a time of reduced budgets,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech. “Jim has done an outstanding job at Ivy Tech and we look forward to Emily’s leadership as we look to additional cost savings measures at the college.”


As Chief Procurement Officer, Styron will establish vision, mission, and strategy for College-wide purchasing function to leverage Ivy Tech’s purchasing power. She will also be responsible for developing and implementing support tactics, processes and resources to create significant improvement in acquisition and life cycle cost of goods and services while minimizing non-value-added effort.


In addition, Styron will provide leadership to the college’s purchasing team to foster ownership, a bias for action, shared decision-making, information sharing, and a strong customer orientation.


Styron most recently served as the Director of IT Budget and Finance for Ivy Tech where under the direction of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), maintained oversight for technology procurement, budget management, financial analysis and reporting, contract management and compliance for the College. She also advised on the management of technology financial resources and business services College-wide.


“Emily has a unique skill set that will allow her to build on her experience at Ivy Tech in order to seek out further efficiencies and process improvements. Her background allows her to seamlessly transition into this role and further support the finance team at the college,” said Chris Ruhl, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Ivy Tech.


Prior to her role as the Director of IT Budget and Finance with Ivy Tech, she served as President at Performance Project Management where she founded and managed the professional services firm that was designed to meet the unique challenges faced by public and non-profit organizations when launching new programs. For ten years, Styron managed more than a dozen client engagements that ranged from managing programs to commercialize technology developed in higher education research, launching non-profits, and assisting with documentary film production. 


As President of Performance Project Manager, Styron worked with several prominent Central Indiana public organizations, including Indiana Research and Technology Corporation, BioCrossroads, Indiana Department of Family and Social Services, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the IU School of Nursing, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Project Home Indy.


Prior to starting Performance Project Management, Styron served in a variety of executive leadership positions in local government and a Central Indiana-based technology start-up company, Netgov.com. At Netgov.com, she served as Product Development Director where she identified new product and sales strategy.


Before her time at Netgov.com, Inc., Styron served as Vice President and Chief Operation Officer of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council where she was in charge of leading a non-profit executive team to identify, prioritize, analyze, monitor and resolve key workforce policy-related issues. Her oversight included federal contract monitoring process for contracted service providers.


During 1995 to 2000 she held several positions in the City of Indianapolis during Mayor Steve Goldsmith’s administration. As Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis—Marion County, she was a member of the Mayor’s senior executive cabinet that was responsible for all technology and telecommunications operation for more than 80 city and county departments. Styron also served as Year 2000 Readiness Project Director for the City of Indianapolis – Marion County where she led a team of staff and contract employees to address potential Y2K conflicts throughout local government.


Prior to her role as Chief Information Officer, she served as Deputy Director of Indy Parks where she managed more than 400 staff members that were responsible for recreation facility management and leisure program service delivery.


In addition, Styron served as Deputy Controller for the City of Indianapolis and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Public Safety where she managed the largest departmental budget ($171M) for the City of Indianapolis consisting of nearly 2,200 uniform and civilian personnel.


She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before going on to earn her Master of Public Affairs in Public Finance and Urban Policy from Indiana University – Bloomington.

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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