Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees Names Presidential Search Committee and Firm

The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees has named its committee and a firm that will lead the efforts in a search for the Community College’s next President.

Thomas J. Snyder announced his retirement in September.  Since then the Board of Trustees entered into a process that was estimated to take 8-10 months.  That process kicked off with a five-city listening tour in October where information was gathered from both internal and external stakeholders and continues with the announcement of the search committee and search firm.

State of Board of Trustee Vice Chairman Michael Dora will chair the search committee which includes:

  • David Findlay, President/Chief Executive Officer Lake City Bank (Ivy Tech Foundation Trustee)
  • Karen Gore, Ivy Tech Community College Faculty
  • Richard Halderman, Chief Executive Officer/President Teays River Investments (Ivy Tech Trustee)
  • Paula Hughes, Senior Operation Manager Ambassador Enterprises (Ivy Tech Trustee Chair)
  • John Thompson, Chief Executive Officer Thompson Distribution (Business/Community Leader)
  • Kaye Whitehead, Chief Executive Officer Seldom Rest Farms (Ivy Tech Trustee)

The Board of Trustees will also name an advisory committee with representatives from all 14 of the Community College’s administrative regions to assist with the process.

“We are focused on a collaborative and transparent process along with gathering feedback from our stakeholders throughout the state both internally and externally,” Dora said.  “The process got off to a great start with our recent listening tours and now we begin the next phase of the search.”

The search committee has selected R. William Funk and Associates (RWFA) as the firm to assist in their efforts.  RWFA is the premier firm dedicated to higher education search consulting.  Led by its founder and President, R. William (Bill) Funk, the firm is recognized for its unparalleled record in recruiting many of the nation’s most esteemed college and university leaders.  The firm has conducted more than 400 searches for college and university Chancellors and Presidents in 45 different states including Indiana with Indiana University, Indiana State University and Purdue University.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  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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