Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb recently announced Ivy Tech Community College graduate Coleen Gabhart as student commissioner for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Gabhart was one of several new appointments to boards, commissions and councils across the state.
“We are extremely proud of Coleen and know she will be outstanding in this role,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “It is incredible to see the impact our students have as they engage in shaping higher education policy for the state of Indiana.”
During her time at Ivy Tech, Gabhart served as vice president then president of the Ivy Tech Lafayette Student Government Association and was the student liaison to the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees. She was also the 2018 Ivy Tech government relations statehouse intern and student representative to the Association of Community College Trustees. Gabhart is currently completing a summer internship with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Gabhart graduated from Ivy Tech Lafayette in May 2018 with an associate degree in agriculture. She plans to attend classes at Ivy Tech for one more year through the College’s Transfer as a Junior program, then transfer to Purdue University to earn a Bachelor of Science in management.
“Through my time at Ivy Tech, I’ve found I have a real passion for higher education and advocating for a better future and experience,” Gabhart said. “I’ve had the experience playing a role with Ivy Tech students and am excited to carry that to a statewide level.”
As student commissioner, Gabhart will represent students all across Indiana. She is eager to be an advocate and ensure student voices are heard.
“I am so grateful to Ivy Tech,” Gabhart said. “This opportunity would not have happened without the support of the College behind me. Not only would I not have this opportunity, but wouldn’t be who I am today, or have come as far as I have. I will always be grateful for that.”
Gabhart is preceded by Ivy Tech alumna Mika Mosier of the Columbus campus, who served from 2016 through 2018. This two-year term will conclude on June 30, 2020.