Ivy Tech Community College and Martin University Expand Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Martin University and Ivy Tech Community College have expanded their partnership. Dr. Marcus Kolb, assistant vice president of Academic Quality and Assessment at Ivy Tech, will be shared with Martin, the state’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) that offers four-year undergraduate and master’s degrees, to serve as an Executive on Loan.  

Dr. Marcus Kolb, assistant vice president of Academic Quality and Assessment at Ivy Tech

Launched in December 2020, the partnership between the two schools focuses on the advancement of minority students to make positive progress in overcoming racial gaps. The schools will focus on helping students succeed in their educational goals and assist employers in hiring a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

“With Martin University and Ivy Tech sharing so many common goals, and working to serve many of the same kinds of students, I am honored to be asked to continue to contribute to the growing partnership and help chart a path for the next set of initiatives and innovations,” said Kolb.

Information Technology (IT) will be a specific focus of the partnership to increase diversity in this sector. Martin will create a new Cyber Entrepreneurship program designed to expand access to the IT field for minority groups and people of color. This will be melded with Ivy Tech’s NSA-certified Cybersecurity associate degree resulting in highly skilled and innovative professionals of color to fill thousands of high-wage careers in Indiana’s tech sector. Ivy Tech students, upon completion of the Cybersecurity degree, are guaranteed to be admitted into the Martin Cyber Entrepreneurship program.

Martin’s new Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, created to assist organization leaders in their efforts to strengthen diversity equity and inclusion, will provide Ivy Tech with access to expertise and training to better educate faculty, staff, and students for success in their focused areas. This will be accomplished through workshops, lectures, seminars, programs, initiatives, and consulting engagements.

“The selection of Dr. Marcus Kolb to serve as an Executive on Loan to Martin University is another great example of Ivy Tech’s continued investment in, and commitment to, the success and longevity of our strong partnership,” said Dr. Sean Huddleston, President of Martin University. “I am looking forward to Dr. Kolb’s leadership in collaboration with our leadership team, faculty, and staff as we continue to build the important transfer and success pathways for Ivy Tech students as they transition to Martin. Our aligned focus on access, equity, and career mobility for the amazing students we both serve will truly be a game-changer for our entire region.”

The efforts of the two schools will also focus on increasing the pipeline of teachers of color by offering guaranteed admissions into Martin’s School of Education, and scholarship opportunities to Ivy Tech students completing associate degrees in elementary and secondary education.

“Ivy Tech is excited about our full and robust partnership with Martin University. Dr. Marcus Kolb, who has been engaged with this partnership since inception, will provide the cross-institutional leadership to ensure we achieve the educational and career equity outcomes this partnership promises,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “It is our shared goal to see Ivy Tech students leverage Martin’s guaranteed admissions, strong academic programs, and robust Martin Works Program to complete their bachelor’s degrees and launch high impact, successful careers in Indianapolis and across the state of Indiana.”

Kolb serves as the Ivy Tech’s Systems Office Diversity Lead and was an appointed member of the President’s Strategic Planning Advisory Council. He continues his commitment to equity and inclusion as an adjunct professor for a social justice learning community at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from The University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Clemson University, and a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics from Kutztown University.

Martin, the state’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) that offers four-year undergraduate and master’s degrees, developed Martin WORKS to provide students with paid internships and other career development experiences while earning their degrees. 

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest higher education institution serving more than 150,000 students at more than 40 locations, awarding more than 35,000 associate degrees and workforce credentials annually.  

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 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.