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Ivy Tech consolidates regions in push for efficiency

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Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees has announced what it is calling the most substantial organizational changes in the system’s 50-year history.

Some of the community college’s regions will be consolidated, and Ivy Tech will operate with 11 regional chancellors, according to a news release. At one time, the college had 14 chancellors.

The consolidation includes Columbus/Franklin, which has been overseen by Chancellor John Hogan. He has been named associate vice president for student affairs within the Ivy Tech statewide system.

The Columbus region, which includes degree-granting locations of Columbus and Franklin, will be combined with the Southeast region, which includes locations in Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison, the release said. These locations will be overseen by a single chancellor.

Ivy Tech said an interim chancellor for the newly defined Columbus/Franklin region will be named in the coming weeks.

Other restructuring announced Tuesday includes:

Combination of the East Central region, which includes the degree-granting locations of Anderson, Marion, Muncie and New Castle, with the Richmond region, which includes the Richmond and Connersville locations. These locations will be led by current East Central Chancellor Andrew Bowne.

The Greencastle location, formerly part of the Wabash Valley region, now will be managed as part of the Central Indiana region.

The college first combined regions in April 2013 when Chancellor Thomas G. Coley was named to oversee both his current North Central region in addition to the Northwest region.

The changes will result in increased efficiencies and further focus on the various communities the community colleges serves, the release said.

“Ivy Tech is focused on being responsive to the local community needs and workforce development efforts. Regional consolidation ... will allow us to expand our outreach efforts and ensure that we are providing what our communities need,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said in the news release.

“All of these changes are a part of our plan to align with the Indiana Career Council and Works Councils efforts,” Snyder said. “Ivy Tech, in addition to its transfer mission, continues to be focused on job-skills development and career training. Our new structure will allow us to best assess existing skill gaps between available jobs and Indiana’s workforce and partner with business and industry to fill those gaps.”

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