Ivy Tech Community College Chief Operating Officer Named President at Johnson County Community College

Dr. Andy Bowne will officially assume the role July 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Johnson County Community College’s (JCCC) Board of Trustees, Overland Park, Kan., has named Dr. Andrew (Andy) Bowne as their sixth president, effective July 1, 2020. Their search process began following JCCC current president Joe Sopcich’s announcement that he would retire this year. Bowne currently serves as Ivy Tech’s chief operating officer and senior vice president.

Bowne was one of four finalists selected by the JCCC search committee from a pool of more than 70 applicants. JCCC Board Chair Greg Musil said that Bowne’s nearly two decades of experience in senior leadership roles at similar institutions made him the right fit for the job.

“The Board was excited to hear Dr. Bowne express his commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college,” Musil said. “We respect his long experience in significant leadership positions, including as chancellor of Ivy Tech in Muncie, Indiana.”

Bowne has served for nearly 17 years in senior leadership positions at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), Grand Rapids, Mich., and at Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Ind. His career at Ivy Tech began as regional chancellor of the legacy Richmond and East Central (Muncie, Ind., Marion, Ind., Anderson, Ind., New Castle, Ind.) service areas. In his current role with Ivy Tech, he and the team he leads guide the leadership teams of the 18 campuses and service areas, specifically to support the attainment of strategic priorities of enrollment, retention, completions, workforce alignment, finances and fundraising, employee engagement, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and belonging.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as Johnson County Community College’s next president,” said Bowne. “They have a tremendous team and have a clear mission to serve the communities of Johnson County and beyond. And yet, I know that the opportunity comes because of the experiences I have gained working with an incredible, committed team at Ivy Tech, both at the campuses where I was fortunate to serve as chancellor, and at the college-wide level. Leaving Ivy Tech will be bittersweet, but I know our students and colleagues are in great hands with the Ivy Tech team.”

Under Bowne’s leadership, at both Ivy Tech and GRCC, both Colleges have utilized data to understand the underlying causes of students not being as successful as anticipated. These analyses allowed faculty and staff to make informed decisions on areas to place attention and resources. The Colleges have researched and implemented many positive programs such as a one-year accelerated associated degree program, 8-week courses, structured schedules, and required advising. As a result, enrollment, retention, and completions have all increased.

Most notably, at GRCC, Bowne served as associate vice president for College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation as the chief fundraising strategist. The team raised in excess of $30 million in seven years, plus an additional $30 million in grant funding. The first campaign was an “advancement” campaign that exceeded its $10 million goal raising funds for scholarship, program support and expansion, and facility needs.

“Andy has impacted Ivy Tech at every level and leaves a legacy of data driven decisions, best practices, and servant leadership. During the last three years, Andy led Ivy Tech’s restructure, strategic planning, and development of metrics that are moving the College towards excellence at all levels,” shared Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Andy is prepared to lead and will be an exceptional president.”

Bowne began his career as a resident director at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. He has always had a love for students and engaging with them whether at their performances, sharing a meal together, attending athletic events, or participating in student leadership development programs.

Bowne has over 12 years of adjunct faculty teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He currently serves on the Ferris State University Advisory Board for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program where he teaches, mentors students, and serves on dissertation committees. In addition, he currently serves on several local boards including the Muncie/Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Development Board (Eastern Indiana Works), and Commonway Church.

Bowne earned his Doctor of Education degree from Western Michigan University, where he also earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. He completed the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence in 2018.

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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