Combs named new Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus chancellor

An Ivy Tech Community College administrator known for his love of technology has been named the chancellor at the Columbus campus.

Steven Combs, who has served as campus president since 2015, will direct the Columbus campus in a new role that is part of a restructuring of campus-level leadership across the Ivy Tech system.

The job of campus president is being phased out, as is the former organizational structure of having the college’s Columbus and southeast regions reporting to a single, shared chancellor, Ivy Tech officials said. Instead, Columbus will be considered a self-sustaining campus under Combs’ leadership.

“I am humbly honored to serve as chancellor of the Columbus campus and look forward to building on our strong relationships within our outstanding community,” Combs said in a press release Thursday. “Our partnerships within the community will continue to grow as we align our programs with the needs of our area’s workforce.”

In his role as president, Combs has been known by the more than 3,000-member student body as an administrator who describes himself as a geek at heart. He writes a blog about emerging technology, reviewing some of the newest gadgets, electronics and apps, with advice on what works in the tech world.

Combs has worked with educational initiatives including the iGrad student success program, which provides mentors to local high school students to improve the local graduation rate. He led the expansion of the program from Bartholomew County to Jennings and Jackson counties.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.