INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Julius Edwards the vice president of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain, effective September 27, 2021. Edwards currently serves as the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Marion, Ind. campus.
The vice president for Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain builds deep relationships in these economic sectors and utilizes employer-driven, voice-of-the-customer, and demand-driven data to develop strategies and plans to meet the workforce needs of this space. The vice president will assist and represent the senior vice president of Workforce and Careers in establishing strategic linkages with employers and associations related to the economic sectors that can benefit from the College’s mission to enhance the educational achievement of Hoosiers.
“Ivy Tech is at the forefront of helping students achieve their academic goals and assisting organizations in hiring and training Indiana’s workforce,” said Edwards. “I look forward to working with campus leaders in developing relationships with organizations and businesses statewide and beyond.”
In his current role, Edwards provides vision, leadership, and mentoring to 20 chairs, faculty, and dean at the Marion campus. Most notably, he collaborated with Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University to secure an AVD Foundation Grant, increased tutoring utilization by 20 percent, and worked with program chairs to review and revise employer advisory councils to identify business leaders who can provide insight on workforce needs.
Edwards started with Ivy Tech ten years ago as the assistant director of the Financial Aid Office/Default Management. His roles have included: director of the Transfer Center, divisional department chair/interim dean for various programs, and dean of the School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain and School of Public Affairs & Social Services.
“Julius Edwards is uniquely qualified to fill this incredibly important role. His extensive and successful background in business, his track record of leading change and growth at the College, and his demonstrated commitment to our students, employer partners, and the great Hoosier state, underscore why he is the best person to serve as our next vice president of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain. I am delighted he has agreed to serve in this capacity and look forward to working closely with him,” said Chris Lowery, senior vice president of Workforce and Careers, Ivy Tech Community College.
Prior to Ivy Tech, Edwards held roles at: JT International LLC as accountant/financial advisor/business consultant; Flagstar Bank as branch manager/subject matter expert; First Investors Corporation as a registered representative; and Unified Financial Services as a mutual fund accountant. His accomplishments include co-founding the Indiana Transfer Council (ITC), nomination for the Center for Leadership Development’s Minority Achievers Award, and a finalist for “Indiana’s Best and Brightest” in in education.
Edwards has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the Indiana University and Purdue University Kelly School of Business and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
About Ivy Tech Community College
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.