Ivy Tech Community College Names New South Bend-Elkhart Chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper as the next chancellor for its South Bend-Elkhart campus. She will begin her duties on July 11, 2022.

Dr. Robinson-Cooper, formerly the president of Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California, was chosen after a national search and with input from members of the Ivy Tech President’s cabinet, campus and state boards, chancellors, campus faculty and staff, the South Bend-Elkhart Ivy Tech Foundation, and members of the Elkhart community.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Robinson-Cooper to Ivy Tech,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “She is an experienced community college leader with two decades of progressive leadership experience. I look forward to supporting her work as she leads the South Bend-Elkhart campus, placing more students on the path to high-quality education and successful careers which support the economic growth of South Bend-Elkhart.”

“I have always admired Ivy Tech’s intentional commitment to workforce development and social-economic mobility,” said Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper. “I am honored to serve as chancellor of Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart and look forward to continuing this important work.”

Prior to her presidency at Contra Costa College in California, Dr. Robinson-Cooper served as the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Inver Hills Community College, one of 30 community colleges within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. As Provost, she created a data-informed culture focused on continuous improvement, equity in student learning, and maximizing labor market impact.

Dr. Robinson-Cooper has also served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at East Central College. She was instrumental in increasing student enrollment and retention; advancing early college programs; improving student success outcomes; fostering a holistic student-centered experience; and establishing partnerships with nonprofit and business leaders. Before Dr. Robinson-Cooper’s tenure at East Central, she served in numerous positions including Dean of Teaching and Learning (Rock Valley College); Associate Dean and Dean of Instruction (Olive-Harvey College); Dean of Academic Affairs (Northwestern College); and adjunct faculty appointments (City Colleges of Chicago, Elmhurst College, and University of Phoenix).

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Robinson-Cooper earned a Doctor of Education in Counseling and Adult Higher Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from National Louis University in Chicago, IL; a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL; and an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL.

The college engaged the national search firm MyersMcRae to assist in the selection process.

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. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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