INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced Chris R. Lowery as senior vice president for workforce alignment, assuming the role on September 16. He currently serves as acting vice president for Ivy Tech Corporate College and chancellor of the Columbus and Southeast regions. An internal interim to fill Lowery’s position is expected to be named in the coming weeks.
In his new role, Lowery will be responsible for articulating a vision, mission, strategy, and strategic objectives, to drive the College’s workforce alignment and development initiatives. He will develop collaborative partnerships with, and engage, state and federal workforce and economic development organizations, private sector organizations, business associations, and other groups pursuing workforce and economic development and training solutions for Indiana. This role is vital to making certain Ivy Tech is playing a leading and collaborative role in the transformation of Indiana’s economy.
“The role of Ivy Tech in workforce alignment is critical and much work remains to be done,” said Lowery. “I chose to work for Ivy Tech Community College because of their mission, and this drives me each day. We have the opportunity to make a robust workforce alignment strategy that is demand driven, voice-of-the-customer oriented, and measured in terms of outcomes and success. I look forward to not only the challenge, but the results for employers and individuals.”
Since August 2014, Lowery has served as chancellor for the Columbus and Southeast regions, which is comprised of four primary campuses and five additional sites across 11 counties. Additionally, since April 2016, he has served as acting vice president of Corporate College where he led the efforts for training, assessment and professional development for Ivy Tech.
Lowery is a member of the State Workforce Innovation Council, a privilege appointed by the Governor of Indiana. Also with the Council, he is the chair of the Work and Learn Taskforce, appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, and recently a member of the Demand-Driven Taskforce, by the same appointee. On behalf of the College, he is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Workforce Investment Board’s Board of Directors. He is also the chair of the Governor’s Works Council for Southeastern Indiana, appointed in 2013.
“We are thrilled to have Chris join our leadership team,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Community College President. “Over half of our students are pursuing a degree or certificate that takes them directly into the workforce. Chris is able to see the big picture and what is needed to elevate the state of Indiana and align our graduates to higher job placement rates, particularly in areas where local employers are in need of an educated workforce. His experience in the regions, Corporate College, business, K12 education, and government will be the perfect addition to our focus for student success and workforce alignment.”
Under Lowery’s leadership, in January 2013, the Batesville School Corporation partnered with the city of Batesville, private businesses, philanthropic organizations and individuals to fund and establish a full scale college campus in Batesville, operated by Ivy Tech Community College. He also worked to create a groundbreaking partnership between Ivy Tech, the Governor’s Works Council, the regional Workforce Investment Board, the Area Health Education Center, and regional leaders of EcO15, to offer summer camps throughout the region for rising 8th and 9th graders, internship programs for 11th and 12th graders, externships for high school teachers, and many other offerings to benefit the public and community.
Prior to his career with Ivy Tech, Lowery led public policy and engagement for Hillenbrand, Inc. in Batesville, Ind. While there he was responsible for corporate communications, public affairs and government relations. He also served as chair of the executive committee of Hillenbrand’s Charitable Contributions Committee. Also, during his twenty year tenure with Hillenbrand, he served in a variety of management and leadership capacities at Hillenbrand’s Batesville Casket Company which included areas of Sales Development, Human Resources, Acquisition Integration, Product Leadership, and Marketing and Strategic Planning for the Options division.
Lowery has professional experience in government, which included serving as the executive director for the Association of Indiana Counties, Inc., assistant to the Governor for the Office of Robert D. Orr, and legislative assistant/correspondent for the Office of Dan Quayle. While on staff for Governor Orr, he was actively involved in supporting the A+ Program for Educational Excellence and received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
Lowery earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Affairs through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and anticipates completion in early 2018. During his tenure with Hillenbrand, he completed Lean/Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) training, Foundations of Leadership, and other topics on leadership and results-based facilitation.
As part of his community engagement, Lowery is a member of the Sagamore Institute (Think Tank) Board of Trustees; member of the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Board of Directors, and member of the Indiana University Alumni Association Executive Council. He served in 2002-2014, and 2007-2014, as a Board of Trustee member, and president of the board, respectively, for the Batesville Community School Corporation. During his time with the School Corporation, he co-founded the Batesville Community Education Foundation.
Lowery and his wife, Jerilyn, are active members and supporters of the Well House Society, the Arbutus Society, the Alumni Association, the Varsity Club, and Hoosiers for Higher Education, all Indiana University organizations. They have also funded a student scholarship through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
About Ivy Tech Community College
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.