RICHMOND, Ind. – (December 15, 2021) – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Walter McCollum, a United States Air Force veteran, as the Richmond chancellor. He will assume his duties on January 31, 2022.
A Fulbright Scholar, McCollum, recently served as Vice President/Senior Associate Vice Provost for Miami Dade College Online. He has both higher education and workforce experience, having administered in higher education for over 15 years at community colleges, four-year institutions, and online universities as well as serving in top multinational corporations as a senior leader in change management, organizational development, quality management, and process improvement.
“Dr. McCollum is a strong leader and proven innovator,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “I fully expect he will ‘hit the ground running’ and work closely with K-12, employer, higher education and community leaders to ensure Ivy Tech is meeting the needs of the Richmond service area.”
“I am delighted to join the Richmond campus and contribute to economic development, social mobility, and long-term viability of the service area and state,” Dr. McCollum said. “I look forward to partnering with the community on the quest to ensure students have the skills and competencies to be competitive in securing high-wage jobs.”
Prior to his corporate experience, Dr. McCollum served in Desert Storm both abroad and stateside with specialties in Information Management and Communication.
As chancellor, McCollum will oversee day-to-day Richmond operations as well as the service area that covers Fayette, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties, including the College’s location in Connersville.
He holds an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Business Management from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts/Psychology from The University of the State of New York SUNY Albany; a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University; and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University. He has written seven books and is published in peer-reviewed journals. His doctoral research was “Process Improvement in Quality Management Systems: Case Study Analyzing Carnegie Mellon’s Capability Maturity Model”
As Vice President/Senior Associate Vice Provost for Miami Dade College Online, he had oversight of strategic visioning and fiscal responsibility for Student Services, Academic Services, Technology Services, Course Design, Development and Delivery, Faculty Recruitment, Hiring and Development. He was responsible for the overall leadership, management, development and distribution of online education programs and courses for over 15,000 students and support of eight campuses and nearly 100,000 students. Under his leadership, MDC Online increased enrollment by over 24 percent during the pandemic.
As Dean of Student Affairs at Walden University, Dr. McCollum had oversight of Student Conduct, Military Services, Disability Services, Alumni Affairs, Student Activities/Student Organizations, OMBUDS, and Student Counseling Services for 50,000 students and 140,000 alumni. His leadership yielded the result of many “firsts”. In 2017, he spearheaded the establishment of a groundbreaking Divine Nine Alliance (DNA), the first online Black Greek Letter student alliance in higher education, where all the divine nine Black fraternities and sororities collaborated to support the institution’s mission on positive social change. In 2018, he established a partnership with The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the largest leadership organization in the United States, and increased membership by 13,000 within three months of chapter launch. In 2019, he spearheaded the establishment of the first digital Fulbright Chapter in the 42-year history of Fulbright, providing broader national and international access for Fulbright scholars to connect minds and hearts for global change.
As a professor of 15 years, Dr. McCollum has taught at many institutions at all degree levels and served on over 100 dissertation committees across multiple disciplines to include, but not limited to, business, psychology, education, public policy, management, and leadership. His book “How to Use Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence and Spiritual Intelligence to Mentor Doctoral Learners: Best Practices and Tools to Help Mentors and Doctoral Learners Navigate the Dissertation Process” was reviewed by Kansas State University and the review was published in the Adult Learning Journal.
Dr. McCollum is passionate about impacting positive social change globally. As a Fulbright Scholar, he recently completed a Fulbright grant with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Amman Jordan, to evaluate the selection and evaluation processes for hiring university presidents in public universities in Jordan and make recommendations for the academic congressional mandate for hiring university presidents in the Kingdom of Jordan. He has led delegations to South Africa, Costa Rica, and Haiti to work on issues related to poverty, gender-equality, and education. In 2018, Dr. McCollum built a primary school in Haiti through the Walter McCollum Education Foundation (with 208 students in the inaugural class/50 percent boys and 50 percent girls) to improve literacy and gender inequality.
Additionally, McCollum is a peer evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission and Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He has served on the board of directors for the National Society for Leadership and Success, Fulbright Association – National Capital Area Chapter, Organizational Development Network, and Community for Creative Non-violence. He is a fellow of the Association of Governing Boards Institute for Leadership and Governance in Higher Education and a graduate of the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy.
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 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 quality, affordable route to a bachelor’s degree.