Dr. Stacy Atkinson named Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Chancellor

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Stacy Atkinson Chancellor for the Richmond campus and Connersville site, effective September 30, 2019. Atkinson replaces Chad Bolser who assumed the role of vice president of operations for the southern campuses for Ivy Tech in July. Atkinson since that time has been serving as acting chancellor, as well as the vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Richmond campus.

“It is my absolute honor to serve the Richmond campus as chancellor,” said Atkinson. “I hope that together we can lift up our campus up to greater heights for the good of our community, system, and state. It is our enduring commitment to serve the students of our entire campus community and ensure our faculty and staff are equipped for the task.”

Atkinson started her time at Ivy Tech in January 2015. She has served in various roles at the College including early childhood adjunct instructor for the Muncie campus (prior to joining Ivy Tech full-time), a senior instructional designer with the Center for Instructional Technology, and the executive director of Strategic Initiatives.

In addition to her full-time role, Atkinson is a certified SIMPLEX Creative Problem Solving trainer, facilitator, and coach. As part of her work when serving as the executive director of strategic initiatives, Atkinson was heavily involved in the development of Ivy Tech’s strategic plan in 2017.

“We are thrilled Stacy is continuing her leadership role with the Richmond campus and with Ivy Tech,” said Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College. “Stacy has a rich background in higher education and with Ivy Tech. Her knowledge and skills, combined with her passion for learning and our students, will have tremendous benefits for the campus and community as we continue to strive for 50,000 Hoosiers earning credentials by 2023.”

Prior to relocating to the Indianapolis area, Atkinson was a second-grade teacher and eventually moved into higher education, and served as program chair for the Early Care and Education program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in S.C. after being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. As a service to the profession of Early Childhood, Atkinson serves on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education programs.

Atkinson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Masters of Arts degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of

South Carolina, Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and a Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Development from Lesley University.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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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