College fills position for Columbus Region

Ivy Tech Community College has named Kathleen Mote as interim chancellor for the college system’s Columbus/Southeast region.

She fills the position formerly held by chancellor Chris Lowery, who was named Ivy Tech’s senior vice president of workforce alignment in September.

Mote’s responsibilities will include cultivating and fostering cooperation and support of the college with educational, business and community leaders and providing leadership in guidance within academic affairs, student affairs, finance, facilities, among others.

“Katie has proven to be a wonderful collaborator, pulling together the faculty and staff at the Madison campus to work alongside our community and K-12 education partners to help change the lives of our students,” Lowery said. “The commitment she exhibits each day to her students, faculty, and staff and to the southeastern Indiana region will be invaluable as Ivy Tech continues its work in meeting the workforce needs of our communities and increasing the levels of educational attainment throughout the state.”

Mote began her career with Ivy Tech in 2009 as adjunct professor of general education before becoming assistant professor and chair of the regional criminal justice program in 2011. She was named president of Ivy Tech’s Madison campus in November 2014.

The Columbus/Southeast region includes campuses in Batesville, Columbus, Lawrenceburg and Madison and has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students.

Prior to Ivy Tech, Mote practiced criminal law as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Marion, Jackson, and Jefferson counties.

Under Mote’s leadership, enrollment at the Madison Campus has increased. During her tenure as campus president, she was among those in the Madison community spearheading manufacturing initiatives that have created career pathways for high school students, Ivy Tech officials said.

Partnering this fall with Koehler Welding Inc., Super ATV, and VSG/Rotary Lift, the Madison campus launched a dual enrollment welding program for high school students. Students in the two-year program will earn a technical certificate in industrial technology, welding concentration and three American Welding Society certifications.

Mote has also led Madison campus efforts in a Skill Up grant with River Valley Resources, the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County and the Madison Correctional Facility (MCU) to provide offerings to eligible women at MCU, including a pre-release Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Certified Production Technician course that is the first in the nation for incarcerated women.

Mote has also helped launch summer academies in advanced manufacturing and healthcare for rising ninth grade students, introducing them to careers in those fields and the available opportunities within Jefferson County high schools to earn college credits, credentials, and industry-recognized certifications upon graduation.

Mote has a bachelor of arts degree, earned with high distinction, in English and Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington. She also studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She earned her law degree in 2005 from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.

Mote lives in Madison with her husband, D.J., and their two children.