At the July 27 Campus Board of Trustees meeting on Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier was recognized for her many contributions to the Northeast Indiana community with both the Sagamore of the Wabash award and a special resolution from the Indiana General Assembly. These recognitions come as she prepares for retirement in September.
Indiana State Representatives Martin Carbaugh, Christopher Judy, Dan Leonard, and Bob Morris represented Governor Eric Holcomb and presented the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor bestowed by an Indiana governor, to Chancellor Mosier. The award celebrates a Hoosier who is “distinguished by his Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership”. It has been awarded to actors, astronauts, presidents, artists, athletes, and more.
Along with this award, Chancellor Mosier was recognized with House Resolution No. 53 which was sponsored by Representatives Daniel Leonard, David Abbott, Martin Carbaugh, Philip GiaQuinta, Dave Heine, Christopher Judy, Matthew Lehman, Robert Morris, Ben Smaltz, and Craig Snow and was approved on April 20, 2021.The resolution marks the occasion by pointing out the following accomplishments during her tenure:
- Serving in higher education, and specifically community colleges, throughout her career including more than a decade of service to Northeast Indiana with Ivy Tech, as well as previous leadership roles in community colleges in Washington, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
- Ushering in new degree programs and record certifications/credentials awarded in the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw service area.
- Promoting greater access to quality education through local community learning locations in Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
- Building a strong network of community organizations and area employers to build up the Hoosier workforce and provide greater opportunity for Ivy Tech graduates.
Acting as a champion for higher education through her belief that “community leaders, legislators, and our Ivy Tech faculty and staff … can move mountains and make access to high-quality education a reality for everyone”.
The full resolution can be found here: http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/e/5/e/7e5e0bc1/HR0053.01.INTR.pdf
“It has been my honor to serve this campus and this community alongside such phenomenal staff, faculty, legislators, industry leaders, community organizations, and of course, our students,” said Chancellor Mosier. “I so appreciate these recognitions, but it is the work of many people who have led to our growth and success. I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the great work that is higher education in Northeast Indiana.”
Chancellor Mosier’s final day in her role will be September 10, 2021. The College is currently conducting the interview and finalist process for her successor.
“Jerrilee has been a passionate leader and advocate for the Fort Wayne service area,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We wish her a well-deserved retirement and thank her for developing a strong leadership team, faculty and staff, a highly engaged campus board, and deep relationships with employers and community leaders. I am confident a new chancellor will be able to pick up where Jerrilee has left off and build upon her legacy.”
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.