Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees Member Pledges $500,000 Toward COVID-19 Relief

Marianne Glick and Mike Woods pledge $500,000 matching gift to Ivy Tech’s Relief Fund efforts

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees member, Marianne Glick, and her spouse, Mike Woods, have committed $500,000 in matching funds across the state for Ivy Tech’s newly established COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist students.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide increased flexibility to assist campuses in meeting unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days. Each Ivy Tech campus will have matching funds available.  The funds will be entirely supported by unrestricted charitable donations and gifts at any level to help meet our campuses time-sensitive needs.

“We wanted to do something to help Ivy Tech students at this challenging time,” Marianne and Mike shared. “We hope this gift will inspire others to open their hearts to enable our students to have access to the resources they need to stay in school and stay healthy.”

Ivy Tech’s President Sue Ellspermann announced that all campus buildings have been closed and over 70,000 students, faculty and staff will operate in an online instructional virtual environment.

“As always, our top priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of our students,” said Ellspermann. “Many of our students already faced challenges including juggling work, family and school, food insecurity, childcare needs, and even housing uncertainty. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for Marianne and Mike, and their pledge of $500,000 in matching funds across the state. This makes it possible for us to truly help our students who need it now more than ever.” 

“Their commitment to Ivy Tech student success is unwavering and their philanthropic hearts are truly full of passion for the betterment of tomorrow,” said John M. Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation President. “We are very appreciative of Marianne and Mike stepping up and providing such a tremendous match to our campuses to meet unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days.”

For more information on the Covid-19 Relief Fund and where to donate please visit impact.ivytech.edu/COVID.Relief.Fund

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.

 

About the Ivy Tech Foundation

The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. The Foundation’s work is made possible by donations from friends of Ivy Tech. The Foundation distributes these donations as designated by the donor to support students and the College’s strategic initiatives.

 

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Ivy Tech Community College Chief Operating Officer Named President at Johnson County Community College

Dr. Andy Bowne will officially assume the role July 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Johnson County Community College’s (JCCC) Board of Trustees, Overland Park, Kan., has named Dr. Andrew (Andy) Bowne as their sixth president, effective July 1, 2020. Their search process began following JCCC current president Joe Sopcich’s announcement that he would retire this year. Bowne currently serves as Ivy Tech’s chief operating officer and senior vice president.

Bowne was one of four finalists selected by the JCCC search committee from a pool of more than 70 applicants. JCCC Board Chair Greg Musil said that Bowne’s nearly two decades of experience in senior leadership roles at similar institutions made him the right fit for the job.

“The Board was excited to hear Dr. Bowne express his commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college,” Musil said. “We respect his long experience in significant leadership positions, including as chancellor of Ivy Tech in Muncie, Indiana.”

Bowne has served for nearly 17 years in senior leadership positions at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), Grand Rapids, Mich., and at Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Ind. His career at Ivy Tech began as regional chancellor of the legacy Richmond and East Central (Muncie, Ind., Marion, Ind., Anderson, Ind., New Castle, Ind.) service areas. In his current role with Ivy Tech, he and the team he leads guide the leadership teams of the 18 campuses and service areas, specifically to support the attainment of strategic priorities of enrollment, retention, completions, workforce alignment, finances and fundraising, employee engagement, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and belonging.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as Johnson County Community College’s next president,” said Bowne. “They have a tremendous team and have a clear mission to serve the communities of Johnson County and beyond. And yet, I know that the opportunity comes because of the experiences I have gained working with an incredible, committed team at Ivy Tech, both at the campuses where I was fortunate to serve as chancellor, and at the college-wide level. Leaving Ivy Tech will be bittersweet, but I know our students and colleagues are in great hands with the Ivy Tech team.”

Under Bowne’s leadership, at both Ivy Tech and GRCC, both Colleges have utilized data to understand the underlying causes of students not being as successful as anticipated. These analyses allowed faculty and staff to make informed decisions on areas to place attention and resources. The Colleges have researched and implemented many positive programs such as a one-year accelerated associated degree program, 8-week courses, structured schedules, and required advising. As a result, enrollment, retention, and completions have all increased.

Most notably, at GRCC, Bowne served as associate vice president for College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation as the chief fundraising strategist. The team raised in excess of $30 million in seven years, plus an additional $30 million in grant funding. The first campaign was an “advancement” campaign that exceeded its $10 million goal raising funds for scholarship, program support and expansion, and facility needs.

“Andy has impacted Ivy Tech at every level and leaves a legacy of data driven decisions, best practices, and servant leadership. During the last three years, Andy led Ivy Tech’s restructure, strategic planning, and development of metrics that are moving the College towards excellence at all levels,” shared Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Andy is prepared to lead and will be an exceptional president.”

Bowne began his career as a resident director at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. He has always had a love for students and engaging with them whether at their performances, sharing a meal together, attending athletic events, or participating in student leadership development programs.

Bowne has over 12 years of adjunct faculty teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He currently serves on the Ferris State University Advisory Board for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program where he teaches, mentors students, and serves on dissertation committees. In addition, he currently serves on several local boards including the Muncie/Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Development Board (Eastern Indiana Works), and Commonway Church.

Bowne earned his Doctor of Education degree from Western Michigan University, where he also earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. He completed the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence in 2018.

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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During Community College Month and amid COVID-19, Ivy Tech more committed than ever to the communities it serves

By Sue Ellspermann, Ph.D., President, Ivy Tech Community College

This April, as our students, alumni, faculty, and staff observe National Community College Month, our hearts are with the many families whose lives are being forever changed by the current global health crisis. While this is not a time for celebration, we are honoring those affected by the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to work alongside our communities as we deliver on our core mission of accessible, high quality post-secondary education for Hoosiers and workforce development aligned to the needs of Indiana’s employers.

Ivy Tech Community College has always been focused on making our communities stronger – and that has never been more important than it is right now. Accordingly, we are dedicated to mitigate the damaging effects of COVID-19 and provide relief for those on the frontlines – healthcare providers, first responders, essential workers, and all those who are courageously battling to keep us safe. Here are just a few examples:

  • Keeping students moving forward while mitigating the spread of the virus. Ivy Tech is committed to ensuring our students can continue their studies and complete credentials to enter high-demand careers. We quickly transitioned all courses and student services to being fully virtual after Spring Break. With the safety of our communities and students in mind, we’ve closed buildings, but we continue to offer enrollment, financial aid, advising, tutoring, and even “wrap around services” to our students virtually. Ivy Tech was already one of the nation’s largest providers of online learning with nearly half of our courses able to be delivered virtually even before COVID-19. We will continue in a virtual format during the Summer semester here for our students, as well as students who had their residential college experience disrupted and high school graduates who want to get a cost-effective jump on college before the Fall.
  • Providing more support for our students. State Trustee Marianne Glick and her spouse, Mike Woods, have generously committed $500,000 in matching dollars to establish a COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist Ivy Tech students across the state with emergency financial needs. This will help students offset the financial challenges they are facing and allow them to remain enrolled. Technology, internet access, food and housing assistance are just a few of the additional challenges some of our students and those newly unemployed are facing right now.
  • Doing our part to support and partner with healthcare providers. Our campuses have donated masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to their local hospitals. Our Advanced Automation and Robotics programs across the state are 3D-printing parts for face shields and masks for Indiana’s healthcare workers and first responders. We are ramping up to provide more than 2,000 per week to augment the limited supplies currently available.   And several of our campuses are designated as alternative care sites for their communities utilizing our campus nursing wings if/when needed.
  • Preparing for life after COVID-19. While there is much work to do in the present, Ivy Tech is also planning for how we can best serve going forward.  What are the new skills Hoosiers will need for jobs during the coronavirus recovery? How might we quickly help the thousands of unemployed Hoosiers to reskill for high-wage, high-demand jobs? How might we assist employers in having the talent they need to ramp back up? What else do our communities and state need from us as we recover from this crisis? These are all questions being considered by our leadership, staff, and faculty to ensure we all emerge from this pandemic even stronger.

Our nation’s community colleges serve nearly half of all college students. As Indiana’s community college, Ivy Tech is here to help Hoosiers of all ages, backgrounds, races, and abilities to pursue their post-secondary education and career goals. Even now, amid the greatest challenge many of us will ever know, Ivy Tech and multiple institutions across the country remain confident that better days are ahead. And we pledge to work alongside our communities to ensure this becomes Indiana’s reality.

President Ellspermann is Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president and oversees the largest singly accredited statewide community college in the nation. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

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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