Organizational structure to be updated at local Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus will get a new chancellor this summer, part of a new organizational structure that will be implemented by the statewide higher-education system.

Nineteen new chancellors for Ivy Tech Community College campuses are expected to be named by Aug. 1, including one in Columbus, said Jeff Fanter, Ivy Tech’s senior vice president of student experience.

Katie Mote has served as the Columbus’ campus interim chancellor since October 2016, when she replaced Chris Lowery as chancellor for the Columbus/Southeast region. Lowery was promoted to a senior vice president position with the statewide system. Mote had been president of Ivy Tech’s Madison campus since November 2014.

Mote currently oversees four campuses in the Ivy Tech’s southeast district — Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison, in addition to Columbus. The local leadership includes Steven Combs, who serves as president of the Columbus campus.

However, the upcoming changes are designed to make Ivy Tech’s campuses self-sustaining units, the college said in a news release.

Several campuses currently report to a regional chancellor and campus president, which is what the Columbus campus has as its organizational structure now. These roles will be eliminated in the new model, according to the Ivy Tech announcement.

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