Chancellor Stephen Daily sets January 2015 retirement date

Growth, service mark his 20 years of leadership in Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Chancellor Stephen J. Daily announced Friday (July 11) he will retire from the College Jan. 15, 2015, after 20 years of leadership in the region.

Daily’s retirement will cap a career in education that began 43 years ago as an English teacher at Haworth High School and that was interrupted only for the eight years he served as mayor of the City of Kokomo. He made the announcement Friday at a meeting with Ivy Tech Kokomo Region faculty and staff.

“Retirement has been on my radar for some time,” Daily said. “At 67, I’m ready to move into a new phase of life. I can’t say I’ll actually be slowing down much. I plan to continue to be involved in the community but retirement will offer me the chance to focus on a long-time interest – organic farming. I’ll come full circle back to where I began as a youngster growing up on a Howard County family farm.”

Daily said he announced his retirement now to allow time for planning a smooth transition in leadership for the region.

Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder thanked Daily for his years of service to the College. “Steve has built a great track record of growth and community service at Ivy Tech,” Snyder said. “We look forward to having him involved in the leadership transition and then celebrating his legacy next January.”

Daily began his career with Ivy Tech in December 1995 as site director for the Logansport campus. By July 1996, he became executive dean of what was then known as Region 5 and in 2000 was named chancellor of the region that now serves six counties and has campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton, and Wabash.

A hallmark of his career with the College has been making higher education more accessible for the residents of the region. Under his leadership, the region has gone from operating facilities in three communities to providing educational opportunities in seven facilities in six communities. These efforts include building a state-of-the-art campus in Logansport, opening a health sciences facility in the Inventrek building in Kokomo and extending higher education to Miami, Fulton and Tipton counties.

“Anyone who knows me knows my passions are education and public service,” Daily said. “The leadership position at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region offered me a wonderful opportunity to engage in both, putting my public service experience to use to broaden the educational and economic development possibilities for as many people as possible.”

In recent years in Kokomo, along with opening the health sciences facility in a donated corporate office building, the College has assumed management of the community’s 102,000-square-foot event center and repurposed several former manufacturing buildings near the main campus into space for the Learning Resource Center, Student Services and the School of Technology. In 2014, the region moved some of its administrative offices to the First Farmers Bank & Trust building on Kokomo’s courthouse square, becoming part of the city’s noted downtown renaissance. In the fall, one floor of the building will house Ivy Tech’s new School of Computing and Informatics.

Daily’s “build it and they will come” approach succeeded for the Logansport campus as the enrollment numbers for that campus more than doubled in three years, exceeding the five-year projection made when the doors opened in 2009. The new campus represents an investment of more than $23 million raised through local and region-wide fundraising events, government support of infrastructure improvements and corporate financial and in-kind support.

In Peru, the College was given the former Holman Elementary School for use as an instructional site, bringing higher education to Miami County. The transformation of this facility continues. In 2013, through generous donations by community supporters, the Peru Instructional site opened a new culinary arts lab offering a 16-credit-hour certificate and a variety of personal interest, non-credit courses, as well as an extension of the region’s nursing program that allows students to complete the entire program at the site.

In Rochester, Ivy Tech has partnered with Rochester School Corporation and occupies half of the corporation’s new administration building. This new facility has classrooms and computer and science lab space and provides Rochester High School students access to college classes during the school day, earning dual credit while attending with other Ivy Tech students from Fulton County.

In Wabash, Ivy Tech uses a former elementary school to bring higher education to the eastern part of the Kokomo Region while the region’s most recent site affords Tipton residents an opportunity to start their college education right in their community.

These new and expanded facilities house an impressive number of new educational opportunities for students instituted under Daily’s watch, including certificate and degree programs in Visual Communications, Paramedic Science, Public Safety, Human Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Surgical Technology, Dental Assisting, Paralegal, Criminal Justice, Library Science, Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Professional Communication, Health Care Support, and Engineering Technology. The most recent additions include opening the new Culinary Arts program and transitioning the region’s Automotive Technology and Welding programs into Automotive and Welding Institutes offering fast-paced programs designed to get students into good-paying jobs in less than one year.

“I have worked with a wonderful team of faculty and staff who have pulled together to make great things happen for the people of the Kokomo Region,” Daily said. “We have enjoyed the incredible support of our communities – from state legislators and higher education officials to mayors and city councils to county councilmen and commissioners to the leaders of business and industry and hundreds of supporters who generously donated time and money. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and I know the future is full of wonderful possibilities.”

In recognition of his contributions in advancing student achievement, Daily was honored in 2006 with the Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. College presidents and campus CEOS are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts in promoting the goals of the national honor society for community college students.

Prior to his career at Ivy Tech, Daily was vice chancellor for External Relations at Indiana University Kokomo and was the youngest person elected mayor of the City of Kokomo, serving two terms between 1979 and 1987. A native of Howard County, he served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 with a tour in Vietnam. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University Kokomo and pursued doctoral studies in adult and community education at Ball State University. His role as an educator began at Kokomo’s Haworth High School where he taught English from 1971 to 1979.

Throughout his career, Daily has been an active community volunteer serving on a number of boards, task forces and commissions. Among his past and present affiliations are serving four years as neutral chair of the Labor Management Committee for the Grissom Air Force Base Realignment, chair of the Region 5 WorkOne Consortium and as a member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Region 4 Workforce Investment Board, Region 4 Works Council, the board of the Indiana Cities and Towns Foundation, and the national Save the Rainforest Inc. Board of Directors. He has served as president of the board of St.Joseph Hospital, head of the board of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and campaign chair for the United Way of Howard County. Among honors received for his civic service are the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian award presented by the governor of Indiana, and the Larry A. Conrad Civic Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns for outstanding individual achievement and accomplishment in local government. In September 2013, the city hall constructed during his tenure as mayor was dedicated as the Stephen J. Daily Government Center in honor of his distinguished service.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Wabash and Tipton.

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Ivy Tech Community College and McDonalds partner to develop degree crosswalk

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with McDonald’s in order to develop a degree crosswalk with the company’s Management Development Program.

The new partnership will allow McDonald’s restaurant and Mid-Management employees in the Management Development Program to transfer up to 21 credit hours of courses taken at Hamburger University toward an associate degree or up to 15 credit hours toward a technical certificate. Additionally, if students have previously attended another regionally-accredited college or university, those credits may also transfer to Ivy Tech.

The program will be offered online allowing any McDonald’s restaurant and Mid-Management employee in the U.S. enrolled in the McDonald’s Management Development Programs to take advantage of this unique crosswalk option with Ivy Tech Community College, one of the largest community college systems of its kind.

“Over the last decade, Ivy Tech has developed the most accessible, online education program available anywhere, and we’re excited to now offer our program to students in the McDonald’s Management Development Programs,” said Dr. Jeff Pittman, Vice President of Corporate College and Online Education. “This is a unique opportunity for thousands of McDonalds’ management personnel to complete their college degree at a time that is convenient for them. Ivy Tech’s flexibility is the perfect fit for working adults with demanding home and work schedules.”

The flexibility of online delivery will allow students participating in the crosswalk option to complete coursework on their schedule, whether that be during the day, evening or weekends. Ivy Tech’s classes are also small in size which allows students to form great relationships with their peers and professors, even in online classes.

Students enrolled in the McDonald’s Management Development Program and participating in this crosswalk option will each be assigned to an advisor to assist with scheduling and answering questions. Ivy Tech’s team of advisors will not only help students with their educational and career goals, but also help design an academic plan that best fits each student’s needs. Virtual resources are also available.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community 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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Ivy Tech presents instructional excellence award to Gary Instructor

INDIANAPOLIS- – A Gary educator with 17 years of teaching experience has been selected by Ivy Tech Community College as this year’s recipient of the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.  The award is Ivy Tech’s highest honor for a faculty member.

The selection of Deborah L. Stipp, Social Sciences regional department chair and associate professor at the Gary campus, was announced at the close of a two-day event for recipients of the College’s annual President’s Awards to outstanding faculty. From that field of 14 regional winners, one is chosen for the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award. The honor includes a $1,000 stipend for instructional equipment and a $5,000 personal development grant.

Stipp began teaching at Ivy Tech’s Gary campus in 1997.  Her contributions to Ivy Tech include assisting in online course development through the College’s statewide distance learning department and co-developing several initial statewide single version courses. She has also worked with Valparaiso University, Purdue University North Central and Calumet College of St. Joseph on articulation agreements in the area of Liberal Arts.

“Deb is very passionate about teaching and learning. She cares deeply about her students and genuinely wants to make a difference in their lives. Deb truly understands the community college student and what it takes to engage individuals in both face-to-face and online learning environments,” said Margaret Semmer, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Success, Northwest and North Central Regions.

Stipp received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Purdue University Calumet. She then went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences (Psychology) from Valparaiso University. Stipp also has certifications and training in life coaching and hypnotherapy. Before teaching at Ivy Tech, Stipp worked in mental health facilities, substance abuse recovery settings, elementary school social work, and her own private practice.

The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award is named in honor of Ivy Tech’s fourth president, Glenn W. Sample, who also had served on its first board of trustees, co-founded Ivy Tech Foundation, and was the Foundation board’s first chairman. Ivy Tech established the award shortly after Sample’s death in 1980.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community 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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Ivy Tech Community College receives $200K grant from the National Science Foundation

FORT WAYNE, IN — The National Science Foundation has awarded Ivy Tech Community College Northeast a $199,977 grant to develop a new microsystems certificate program at the College.

Andrew Bell, the engineering department chair, is working with the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education, based out of the University of New Mexico, to develop the program. The university is the center for microsystems technology—small, like nanotechnology, but on a larger scale—and it has been working with the College for two years on microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS.

Students in the engineering programs at Ivy Tech Northeast would be able to earn this microsystems certificate (which does not yet have an official name) on the way to their associate degree. Once they take the necessary coursework, they would be eligible to sit in on the Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench, or LabVIEW, certification exam. This is a nationally recognized test.

“Many companies are looking for people who have LabVIEW experience,” Bell says. “It should help our students get a job. It should make our relationships with local industries stronger because we’re specifically training technicians to do what (the industries) want them to do. It’s really an exciting thing.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech serves nearly 200,000 students annually and has campuses throughout Indiana. It functions as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community 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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Ivy Tech’s Chief Procurement Officer Named Mid-States MSDC Treasurer

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College’s Chief Procurement Officer, Jim Hudson, has been named treasurer of the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council.

The Mid-States MSDC promotes corporate purchases from minority businesses in an effort to create successful minority organizations and enterprises. The organization advocates for the economic growth of minority business enterprises (MBEs) and provides its members with opportunities for networking and communication.

The Mid-States MSDC—which encompasses Central Illinois, Indiana, and Eastern Missouri—is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). It is one of 24 regional councils in the United States. The Indianapolis business community created the council in the mid-70s to support the development of minority businesses.

During his time with Ivy Tech over the past six years, Hudson has implemented several cost-saving initiatives and programs statewide which total more than $50 million in savings.

Prior to his position at Ivy Tech, Hudson was Vice President of Materials Management for Guide Corporation.  He has also held positions as Director of Supply Chain Management at Hillenbrand Industries, Supply Chain Vice President for Finishmaster, Inc., Business Area Supply Management Leader for ABB Power T&D Company, Inc., and Purchasing Manager for Motorola Corporation’s Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group.

Hudson received his MBA in Materials and Logistics Management and BA in International Relations from Michigan State University.  He also received an associate degree from Delta College in Bay City, Michigan.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community 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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Ivy Tech Community College approved to offer new Entrepreneurship Certification

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has approved Ivy Tech Community College to offer a new Technical Certificate and Certificate in Entrepreneurship that will be available at all 31 campuses beginning in August 2014. These new certificates directly link with the College’s mission toward providing higher education programs that enhance Indiana’s economic development.

The 31-credit hour Technical Certificate and 18-credit hour Certificate in Entrepreneurship are intended to prepare graduates to apply a comprehensive set of principles toward establishing, owning and operating an independent business. Selected courses in the certificates include Entrepreneurial Marketing and Market Research, Venture Growth and Development and Entrepreneurial Tax and Finance. Business plan development is an integral component of the program and business plan writing software is utilized. 

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed for students with knowledge in other fields of study acquired either through postsecondary education or through industry or life experience. The Technical Certificate includes the Entrepreneurship courses and adds an accounting, marketing, computer, communication and college success course.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus worked collaboratively with a group of statewide faculty and academic leadership to develop these new programs in an effort to provide students practical tools to start businesses upon graduation from Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community 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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Ivy Tech President to participate in panel discussion regarding Hire Technology

INDIANAPOLIS — Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College, will serve on a panel hosted by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) in the Tristate OH-IN-KY Area, which will take place at the GE Learning Center today in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Snyder will speak about Ivy Tech’s involvement in Hire Technology in collaboration with Conexus Indiana. 

Hire Technology is a two-year turn-key Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics program delivered through Indiana high schools and career centers. The program facilitates student achievement by including contextualized math and science concepts to reinforce key academic STEM concepts while promoting the development of the applied problem-solving skills demanded by Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML) industry members.

Ivy Tech Community College, as the educational provider for the Hire Technology program, provides the manufacturing content in a hybrid format that combines online delivery and classroom and lab experiences.  Students who successfully complete the coursework can earn up to 15 credit hours of College credit in the Manufacturing, Production and Operations Program (MPRO).  The College provides all learning management system services for the program for both manufacturing and logistics courses and also utilized its instructional design services to align content within the Hire Technology program.

Hire Technology is an excellent entry level credential to attract students to digital manufacturing careers.  Ivy Tech offers degrees, certificates and certifications in advanced manufacturing, automation, and robotics which develop the workforce at a middle skill level in design, production, and maintenance.  The College is also working with industry partners to secure resources targeted at preparing the current and future workforce with higher level skills that supports innovation in additive manufacturing.

Jobs in the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics industry are in high demand with 600,000 positions going unfilled today.  Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for manufacturing employment and 9th in the nation for logistics employment; however, 80 percent of manufacturers list a lack of skilled workforce as their top concern and thousands of jobs remain unfilled.

With the Hire Technology program, Ivy Tech and Conexus have partnered to help create a solution to the lack of a skilled workforce in the advanced manufacturing and logistics sector.

In the 2012-13 academic year, the college launched 9 pilot locations matched with an industry partner.  Of the 333 students enrolled in those pilot locations, 82 percent of students earned dual credit and 63 percent earned one or more credentials.  For the 2013-14 academic year, Ivy Tech has signed agreements with 38 locations matched with an industry partner and will offer the program to students from 78 high schools.

The college is also offering Hire Technology through Adult Basic Education in a 14 week course sequence where students can earn 6 dual credits, the MSSC certification and 2 APICS (The Association for Operations Management) credentials.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community 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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