IU Health Awards Ivy Tech Community College $8.75 Million Grant to Expand Nursing Program

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana University Health, the state’s most comprehensive physician and hospital network, has awarded Ivy Tech Community College an $8.75 million grant to expand its nursing program and increase nursing student enrollment. The grant will be used for investments necessary to support expanded enrollment, such as faculty and staff recruiting and compensation, educational equipment and supportive services for students.

“Our healthcare systems in Indiana are in critical need of skilled nurses, and Ivy Tech is well-positioned l to deliver on this need,” said IU Health Executive Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Jason Gilbert. “Currently there are qualified applicants each year in Indiana who are turned away from nursing schools due to limitations on teaching space, clinical placement availability and faculty resources. It is incumbent upon health systems, working with our educational partners, to support an expansion of the educational pipeline to allow more qualified students to become professional nurses. This partnership with Ivy Tech is a significant step toward expanding healthcare delivery to Hoosiers for generations to come.”

Labor market data from Emsi/Burning Glass estimates there are 4,300 annual openings for nurses today, with a need for another 5,000 nurses by 2031. That leaves a gap of 1,350 nursing graduates to meet Indiana’s need with current educational resources. The expanded nursing program at Ivy Tech will increase nursing admissions by 600 students annually by 2025, contributing significantly to filling the gap.

Ivy Tech currently offers nursing programs at 18 of its 19 campuses, with a program planned to launch at the remaining campus – Hamilton County — by early 2023. Ivy Tech currently graduates more than 1,300 associate-degree nursing students every year, more than any other institution in Indiana and the largest in the nation. Additionally, more than 90 percent of Ivy Tech nursing graduates stay in Indiana.

“This grant will be a huge step in helping Ivy Tech meet the needs of our health system partners in a real and practical way,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “Our ability to educate nurses and keep them in our state will create real value for our economy and the health of Indiana. We’re very proud to partner with IU Health and appreciate its investment in our program.”

 Ivy Tech has been developing a plan for increasing nursing enrollment that includes investments in equipment, supplies and faculty, as well as tools to better support nursing students in their academic success. The College estimates those investments will require $8.7 million in recurring costs over three years as well as $12.1 million in one-time costs.

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.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 24 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Learn more at www.iuhealth.org.

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Ivy Tech Community College names McCollum as Richmond Campus Chancellor

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.

Dr. Walter McCollum

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.

Ivy Tech Foundation Names New President

Lilly Executive to lead philanthropic efforts for nation’s largest community college foundation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – (December 6, 2021) – Ivy Tech Community College has named Courtney Roberts Senior Vice President of Development for the College and President of the Ivy Tech Foundation. As leader of the Foundation, Roberts will partner with donors to invest in Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty, and programs to build stronger communities and a better Indiana. She joins the College January 4, 2022.

“Courtney Roberts is a proven leader and philanthropic force in our state, nation and world, and I’m very pleased she will be joining the College and Foundation to help us further our impact on students, employers and communities,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College. “Her vision and passion for creating shared value in communities across the globe will serve us well and further our mission.”

As president of the Ivy Tech Foundation, Roberts will focus on reaching the five-year statewide capital campaign goal of $285 million by June 2023 and plan future campaigns to grow Ivy Tech’s philanthropic impact on students and communities around the state.

“Ivy Tech is a critically important institution in the State of Indiana. Not only is it fueling the economic engine of Indiana’s workforce – training Hoosiers for the careers that will grow our future economy –it also plays an essential role in advancing access to higher education and opportunities for individuals and communities,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be part of Ivy Tech’s efforts to make Indiana a more equitable place for all who call this state home.”

Roberts comes to the Foundation following a 14-year tenure with Eli Lilly and Company. She held a number of positions in public policy, government affairs and corporate responsibility, most recently serving as the Director, Social Impact: Global Health Philanthropic Partnerships. In this position, Roberts led a team responsible for Lilly’s philanthropic global health efforts in the United States, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico, India and China. This includes the implementation of Lilly’s $12 million, eight-year pilot program to address social determinants of health that are barriers to diabetes care in three underserved Indianapolis neighborhoods. She also led Lilly’s philanthropic product donation response to natural disasters and global crises, which most recently included the company’s donations of COVID-19 therapeutics to low-middle income countries.

Roberts is a 2018 recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Women of Influence distinction and a member of the inaugural class of Hoosier Women Forward.

She is a consummate volunteer, serving over the years as a member of the Butler University Alumni Board of Directors and a member of the Timmy Global Health Board of Directors. She currently serves on the boards of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis, AMPATH’s Development Board, and the Christel House Advisory Committee.  Additionally, she has served as the Mayor’s appointee to the City of Indianapolis Board of Public Works.

Roberts earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Butler University. While attending Butler, Roberts worked with the Indiana General Assembly, transitioning into a full-time role with the Indiana Senate Democrats upon graduation. She served in the administrations of Sen. Evan Bayh and Mayor Bart Peterson, and as a consultant with Bose Public Affairs Group before joining Lilly in 2007.

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 quality,  affordable route to a bachelor’s degree.