Ivy Tech Community College names Vice Presidents of Operations

Michelle Simmons and Kathleen Mote to serve as north and south deputies

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named two vice presidents of operations as part of its new organizational structure. Michelle Simmons will serve as Vice President of Operations in the North, and Kathleen Mote will serve as Vice President of Operations in the South.

The vice president of operations will act as a deputy to the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Andy Bowne, with specific responsibility to ensure the supportive and responsive day-to-day operational management of Ivy Tech campuses, and help ensure a positive student experience and effective workforce alignment. In addition, the position will play a key role in ensuring the delivery on the full range of performance targets.

Since 2014, Michelle Simmons has served Ivy Tech as the campus president in Kokomo. For her nearly 25 year tenure with the College, Simmons has also held roles of: Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Executive Director of Finance, Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development, and Business Office Supervisor. Her career also includes financial positions in industry with: Lox Equipment Company, Taylor-Wharton and Continental Steel Corporation.

Simmons has a Master’s of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business, major in Accounting, from Indiana University. She is an active participant in many community activities and boards, including the Indiana Region IV Workforce Development Board, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council Board of Directors, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, and Indiana Region IV Works Council member.

“I am truly honored by the opportunity to serve in this significant role, and look forward to working with our outstanding chancellors who are committed to excellence,” said Simmons. “I eagerly anticipate being part of a transformative team dedicated to ensuring that the needs of our workforce, communities and students are best met.”

Simmons will work with the following campuses: Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City, South Bend/Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Kokomo, and Marion.

Kathleen (Katie) Mote, most recently served as the Madison Campus President and Interim Chancellor for the Southeast and Columbus regions, which served 11 counties with campuses in Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Madison and Columbus. She began her Ivy Tech career in 2009 as a faculty member, serving as adjunct faculty, assistant professor, associate professor, and criminal justice program chair for the Madison, Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.

Previous to, and during her career with Ivy Tech, Mote practiced criminal law representing the State of Indiana as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Marion, Jackson and Jefferson counties. She specialized in the area of intimate partner violence for which she was honored in 2014 by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the year’s Outstanding Prosecutor.

Mote earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law – Bloomington. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish also from Indiana University – Bloomington. Mote serves on a variety of community boards in Jefferson County and was recently appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education.

Mote will work with the following campuses: Terre Haute, Bloomington, Columbus, Lawrenceburg, Madison, Sellersburg, and Evansville.

“It is an honor to support the southern campuses as Vice President of Operations,” said Mote. “I look forward to working alongside these dedicated and talented faculty, staff and chancellors to implement the new organizational structure, and to continue to improve the College’s connection to communities and service to Hoosiers.”

Bowne, Simmons and Mote will develop a culture that facilitates partnership and efficient delivery across the state. They will work with the senior leadership team, at Ivy Tech campuses and the systems office, to identify suitable benchmarking opportunities for improved productivity, efficiency and quality.

“I am thrilled that Michelle and Katie are taking on this leadership role to help shape the future of Ivy Tech,” said Bowne. “Both Michelle and Katie bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to help provide executive leadership, identify best practices, and elevate Ivy Tech to the next level. We truly are focused on putting more ‘community’ into community college and I look forward to working with them to create a successful and positive environment for our students, faculty, staff and communities.”

Bowne will work with the following campuses: Indianapolis, Muncie, Richmond, and Anderson.

Along with naming of the vice presidents of operations, four campus chancellors have been named: Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor of Bloomington, Jerrilee Mosier as Chancellor of Fort Wayne, Jonathan Weinzapfel as Chancellor of Evansville and Kathy Lee as Chancellor of Indianapolis. Formerly, they were chancellors of their respective regions, which are now identified as campuses. Ivy Tech expects to name all 19 of its campus chancellors by August 1.

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.

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