Ivy Tech Community College Named in Top 100 Ranking of America’s Best Employers for Women

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College was named in the annual Top 100 ranking of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes, which teamed up with market research company Statista. The rankings identify the companies liked most by female workers and included representation at the executive and board levels, as well as initiatives to improve gender equity and recent or unresolved allegations regarding discrimination or misconduct.

“I am honored to be a part of Ivy Tech serving as its first female president and working alongside the talented and dedicated faculty and staff as we are recognized as a top employer for women,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Women comprise not only our faculty and staff, but also our leadership at Cabinet levels, campus leadership, and our State Board of Trustees.”

Ivy Tech was one of 21 educational institutions listed in the category and one of two that identified as a community college.

“I am thrilled to see Ivy Tech named as a top employer for women,” said Stephanie Bibbs, Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees Chair. “Ivy Tech continues to be a trailblazer in recognizing exceptional talent at every level in higher education. I’m delighted to serve as Chair of the State Board and to work with such amazing individuals who have made this recognition possible.” 

Ivy Tech females make up 59 percent of nearly 4,000 employees, with 64 percent as full-time, 54 percent as part-time, and 50 percent identified as leadership. Sixty percent of females are full-time faculty and 40 percent represented on the State Board of Trustees.

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.

Stephanie Bibbs Named Chair of Ivy Tech Community College

Andrew W. Wilson named Vice-Chair; Kim Emmert O’Dell named Secretary

Indianapolis, Ind. – Stephanie Bibbs has been named the Chair of the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees. Bibbs is the first Black woman to serve as the Chair of the Ivy Tech Board.

The State Board of Trustees comprises 15 members from around the state, appointed by the governor. Each trustee must have knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas: manufacturing, commerce, labor, agriculture, state and regional economic development needs, and/or Indiana’s educational delivery system.

Bibbs is a native of Indiana with more than seventeen years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. She is a fierce advocate for justice and has dedicated her career to the pursuit of equality and justice for all. She is currently the Chief of Criminal Charging for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. 

“Access to education has and will always be a vital part of moving our communities forward. Ivy Tech is essential in providing the proper credentialing and skilling up students to meet the demands of our Hoosier workforce. I’m honored to serve on the Board in this capacity and look forward to continuing the great work of my predecessors,” said Bibbs.

“Stephanie Bibbs is an exemplary Hoosier leader bringing her own expertise, Hoosier values and an urgency to ensure every Hoosier has the skills and credentials needed to prosper in careers that support Indiana’s growing economy,” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “Ivy Tech Community College will benefit greatly from her as chair.” 

Prior to her current role, Bibbs was the founder and owner of a law office in Anderson, Ind. Her legal knowledge and experience are vast and diverse as she has served as a public defender and deputy prosecuting attorney in Madison County, Ind. Prior to law school, she worked in Washington, D.C. at an international law firm in the securities litigation division.  

Bibbs is a true leader and has a heart for serving her community. She previously served as vice chair on the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and is a past president for the Madison County Bar Association. As a former adjunct instructor, she is an advocate for student success in the classroom and workforce. She stays actively involved in various other organizations and has a passion for mentoring young women. When she is not working or serving the community, she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family. She and her husband reside in Anderson, Ind. 

Bibbs replaced Terry W. Anker as the Chair after he served in that role for two years. 

“Trustee Bibbs brings a great commitment to improving the lives of Hoosiers. Her experience and personal dedication will go far in helping to advance the good work of Ivy Tech Community College, it’s students, faculty, and staff,” Anker said.

The State Board also announced Andrew W. Wilson as vice chair and Kim Emmert O’Dell as secretary.

The full State Board of Trustees includes:

  • Chair: Stephanie Bibbs, Anderson, Ind., Chief of Criminal Charging for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Vice Chair: Andrew W. Wilson, Evansville, Ind., president and principal auctioneer/broker, William Wilson Auction Realty, Inc.
  • Secretary: Kim Emmert O’Dell, Terre Haute, Ind., managing broker, Emmert Realty
  • Terry W. Anker, Carmel, Ind., chairman, The Anker Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Jesse Brand, Columbus, Ind., president, Brands, Inc.
  • Michael Dora, Rush County, Ind., retired aricultural specialist 
  • Tanya Foutch, Kokomo, Ind., resident engineering supervisor, Stellantis N.V.
  • Larry Garatoni, Mishawaka, Ind., CEO, HQ Investments
  • Marianne Glick, Indianapolis, Ind., Glick Foundation
  • Gretchen Gutman, Bloomington, Ind., vice president of public policy, Cook Group
  • Paula Hughes-Schuh, Fort Wayne, Ind., CEO, YWCA Northeast Indiana
  • Harold Hunt, Madison, Ind., president, SuperATV
  • Stewart McMillan, Valparaiso, Ind., president and CEO, Task Force Tips, Inc.
  • Kerry M. Stemler, Sellersburg, Ind., owner and CEO, KM Stemler Co., Inc.
  • Steve Schreckengast, Lafayette, Ind., president, Citation Homes, Inc.

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.

Ivy Tech Community College names Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson next Fort Wayne & Warsaw Chancellor

Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson as its next chancellor for the Fort Wayne service area-, effective August 16, 2021. Current chancellor Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier announced her retirement after serving 11 years with the College. The Fort Wayne chancellor position will include oversight and leadership of the College’s second-largest service area, including the eleven counties of Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.

Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson

“Students are at the heart of Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson’s long career at Ivy Tech,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “She has proven herself as a servant leader within the college.  Dr. Barnett-Johnson is already engaged in many community initiatives, and will be exceptional at leading and growing partnerships with industry, K-12 education, and community organizations.  She will ensure more college age students and working adult learners successfully complete in-demand degrees and credentials which lead to high-wage, high-impact careers or transfer to our four-year partners.”

 “I am honored to be selected as the next chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne service area. I have dedicated the past 20 years of my career to this campus and the incredible, faculty, and staff who move mountains to serve our students,” said Dr. Barnett-Johnson.  “Ivy Tech’s mission is integral to the future of Northeast Indiana’s workforce and I am excited to take the helm and lead this phenomenal team to even greater heights.”

Dr. Barnett-Johnson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Fort Wayne campus where she influences practices locally and statewide through oversight of academic programming and support services, faculty development and promotion, student retention and completion, and dual credit administration.  She brings more than 27 years of higher education experience including: Dean, I-Adapt/Degree Completion Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Ethnic Student Programs, and Director of Minority Student Recruitment/Programs/Retention. 

She has also played an integral role in the creation and leadership of campus student programs, such as the African American Male Initiative, and SPIRIT, both of which are student organizations created to provide mentorship and retention support to specific student populations, with the goal of student success through completion. 

“In my soul, I believe that education is critical to our community’s success,” said Dr. Barnett-Johnson. “Ivy Tech is the catalyst for that success, and we live this mission daily. I can think of no better way to spend my time, than to lead my colleagues who, when paired with our dedicated legislators, community leaders, donors, and education partners, make up the most passionate team of changemakers I have had the pleasure of knowing. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I have walked alongside these folks for two decades, and I know we are up to the task.”

In addition to these activities, Dr. Barnett-Johnson has also been actively engaged in building community partnerships through current, and previous service, on community boards for organizations such as AWS Foundation, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, Parkview Multicultural Advisory Board, Dupont Hospital Community Engagement Board, SCAN, East Wayne Street Center, Mirror Me Foundation, and Homebound Meals.  She also volunteers for organizations such as Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Junior Achievement, and Study Connection.  Faculty, staff, students, and community partners alike have commended her for her commitment to education, humility, kindness, and dedication to student success.

Dr. Barnett-Johnson is a lifelong resident of Northeast Indiana.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Taylor University; a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Indiana University, Fort Wayne; and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University.  She and her late husband Vincent are proud parents of three children: Eboni, Dalyn, and Drevon.

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.