Ivy Tech Community Colleges around the state will soon begin undergoing the most substantial changes they’ve seen in the past 50 years. The changes are partly in response to a $4 million cut in state funding.
Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder says the college is reducing its 14 regions and the chancellors that oversee them down to 11.
“What we are evolving to is to make it much more clear that the campus president, which will be a new title we will be using, is truly the senior official who is responsible for all activity that takes place on that campus,” Snyder says.
Campus presidents will be responsible for student recruitment, relationships with local school districts and local governments, and will report to a regional chancellor.
Snyder says the restructuring will create some redundancies in staff responsibilities, but he expects those will be eliminated through retirements and reassignments.
Other major changes include consolidation of some regional campuses. The Columbus and Franklin campuses will now operate as part of the Southeast region, which includes campuses in Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison. These locations will be overseen by a single regional chancellor, to be named in the coming weeks.
Executive Director of Communications for the Columbus-Franklin campuses Randy Proffitt says so far, he has heard positive reactions from staff regarding the changes.
“Everyone I’ve talked to is very excited about serving as many students as we can and in the most efficient ways we can possibly do that,” Proffitt says.
Ivy Tech officials say they plan to release more details about the restructure next month.