Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor To Retire In January

John Whikehart's retirement becomes effective in January, but he will remain involved with the campus he led for a dozen years.

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart share a joke before announcing the college will take over control of the John Waldron Arts Center.

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Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart (right) — pictured here with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan — will retire from the school in January 2014.

After more than 12 years as head of the Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech Community College, Chancellor John Whikehart announced today he will retire early next year.

“In my 22 years with the college, have had the good fortune to witness the metamorphosis of Ivy Tech from a vocational and technical school into Indiana’s comprehensive community college,” Whikehart wrote in a statement.

There are many improvements that have been made by Ivy Tech throughout his time as chancellor, but Whikehart says the college’s relationship with IU topped the list.

“The fact that we have such a strong partnership with them in terms of transfer of credit and providing seamless educational opportunities for students to move easily back and forth between the two institutions,” he says.

Although he plans to retire, Whikehart has no intentions of stopping his involvement with Ivy Tech. He says he will work with the institution to help expand their facilities and raise their graduation rates.

“I will stay and assist as a volunteer in the fundraising campaign and I will stay and assist as a volunteer at our O’Bannon institute this coming April 2014, as long as I’m needed to do that, I’m happy to do I,” Whikehart says.

Whikehart will be named Chancellor Emeritus.

His retirement will be effective January 15, 2014.

  • aniustudent

    Whikehart is old school in believing that a bigger school is a better one. His career was devoted to expanding the Ivy Tech campus, but not improving Ivy Tech’s 9% graduation rate. More students leave Ivy Tech with no degree but instead with debt – more than any other Indiana academic institution. His retirement was a change that was needed, but will it really lead to change?

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