INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Chad Bolser vice president of operations for the southern campuses, effective July 15, 2019. Bolser most recently served as chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Richmond campus.
The vice president of operations will act as a deputy to the senior vice president/chief operating officer, Dr. Andy Bowne, supporting the development and success of the nine southern campuses. A strong emphasis will focus on developing a culture of performance management and delivery, and coaching and mentoring chancellors and other senior level staff on campuses.
“Ivy Tech Community College throughout the state has great leadership teams and I look forward to partnering with them,” said Bolser. “The work that is done on a daily basis with our students and our communities is essential if we are to meet not only our goals as a College, but with the current and future workforce that we serve.”
In 2014, Bolser started at Ivy Tech as campus president for the Richmond and Connersville campuses. In 2017, the College announced a new organizational structure to better focus on serving students and the state, which included all campuses being led by a chancellor. As a result, Bolser was named chancellor for the Richmond campus.
The Richmond campus, under Bolser’s leadership, has seen headcount increase from academic year 2017-2018 to 2018-2019 by 11.78 percent. The number of credentials awarded from academic year 2016-2017 to 2017-2018 have increased by 42.6 percent.
“Over the past five years, it has been an honor to serve the Richmond Campus including Connersville and Rushville, and I am proud of the work and the results that this team of professionals make happen each and every day,” Bolser continued.
During his time as chancellor, Bolser led the negotiation for Ivy Tech’s continued presence at the Connersville Instructional Center. In partnership with the Economic Development Group of Fayette County, the Center transitioned into a one-stop community employment center which included employment service support and class offerings by Ivy Tech. He also oversaw the partnership with the City of Rushville and Rush County and added an Ivy Tech presence in the downtown development project.
“We are excited to have Chad serve in this key role for the College as our new vice president of operations for the southern part of Indiana,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Chad has successfully led the Richmond team and has a proven track record of meeting performance expectations and metrics. His experience in higher education, not only with Ivy Tech, but with K-12 education, will be incredibly valuable for the College as we continue to focus on the success of our students, faculty and staff, communities, and for the betterment of Indiana.”
As an active community member and leader, Bolser serves on various boards including the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Community Foundation, Economic Development Corporation, and Reid Community Benefits. Recently, he was appointed by Governor Holcomb as a Region 5 Commissioner for the Indiana Arts Commission.
Prior to Ivy Tech, Bolser served as a social studies teacher for Richmond Community Schools and head boys basketball coach for Richmond High School. Bolser’s career also includes: assistant men’s basketball coach, head men’s golf coach and instructor for education and physical education at Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.; head basketball coach and history teacher at St. Teresa High School, Decatur, Ill.; and assistant basketball coach and admissions and financial aid counselor at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo.
Bolser earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Lindenwood University and his Master’s of Education from Earlham College. He is also a facilitator, trainer and coach for Simplex, the creative problem solving methodology used by Ivy Tech statewide.
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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