Ivy Tech instructor will receive an international award for academic leadership

antonina-ries-2LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Antonina Ries, Department Chair for Science and Mathematics at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, has received the Chair Academy’s 2017 Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award.  The award will be presented at the 26th Annual International Conference held in Orlando, Fla. on March 28 – 31. The award recognizes exceptional post-secondary leaders and leadership teams who best exemplify and support academic and administrative excellence in leadership.

“I am much honored to be selected for the award,” Ries said. “I would like to thank to all of my students I have met over the 15 years, my colleagues from Evansville Campus and my new team in Lafayette Campus. I hope this honor gives me renewed energy to continue to inspire Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment.”

Ries earned a master of science degree in environmental chemistry from St. Petersburg State University in Russia, where she also completed a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Prior to coming to Ivy Tech Lafayette in October 2016, she served as science faculty for six years and Program Chair of Life/Physical Sciences for nine years at Ivy Tech Evansville.

In the classroom, Ries engages students in active learning and challenges them to be involved in activities outside of the classroom that contribute to academic success. She has developed life sciences classrooms at Ivy Tech locations in Tell City and Princeton that provide educational opportunities in rural areas. She has served on faculty and curriculum development committees that have continued the college’s commitment to excellence in the classroom. She serves on the Lafayette regional strategic planning committee.

“Since coming to the Lafayette campus, Antonina has continued to demonstrate the type of leadership that is vital in an academic setting and to the success of our students,” said Dr. Todd Roswarski, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in Lafayette and Kokomo.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

For more information, visit ivytech.edu.

About the Chair Academy

The Chair Academy, a department of Mesa Community College, and the Maricopa County Community College District, is dedicated to delivering exemplary leadership development. The Academy has offered world-class, competency-based, leadership development programs for college and university leaders since 1992. Leadership programs are offered at the organizational, state, regional, national, and international level. The Annual International Leadership Conference attracts leaders from around the world to experience distinguished keynote speakers and presentations. The Academy’s refereed journal is respected as a source of inspiration and best practices in leadership.

For more information, visit chairacademy.com.

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