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COLUMBUS, Ind. — John Hogan, chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Franklin regional campus, is getting a promotion that will allow him to play a larger role in a push by Gov. Mike Pence and legislators to align educational offerings with the state’s evolving job market.
Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder announced that Hogan will become the system’s new associate vice president for student affairs and placement early next year.
Hogan said the new job, which he likely will start on Feb. 1, will give him a chance to influence Ivy Tech’s degree and course offerings “to widen the pipeline and create more opportunities for students so they can get better and better employment opportunities.”
The appointment comes as Pence and the Indiana General Assembly put into place a series of regional works and career councils that are charged with coordinating with the private sector and schools to identify Indiana’s workforce needs, forge partnerships between schools and businesses and boost career education.
During Hogan’s 11 years in Columbus, the community college’s regional campus has grown from 3,328 students in the 2002-03 academic year to nearly 9,600 last year.
“John has provided regional leadership in a six-county area, and now we will look to maximize his experience and knowledge to help our students throughout the state,” Snyder said in a prepared statement.
“He will lead the efforts to expand our outreach with employers and connect them with our students throughout Indiana. He will play an important role in the college’s efforts with the Indiana Career Council and Indiana Works Councils to help match our degree programs, training objectives and graduates with workforce needs.”
School officials also said Hogan has been successful netting donations for Ivy Tech’s Columbus/Franklin region. Donations totaled $93,000 in 2003, and last year contributions grew to $1.98 million, officials said.
Hogan said the highlight of his professional career has been having the honor to serve as the chancellor for the faculty and staff of the Columbus/Franklin region.
He plans to continue living in Columbus and stay involved with the community.
There was no immediate announcement on the process to replace Hogan as chancellor.
Hogan said his appointment has been in the works for a few months, and it dovetails with a broader realignment of Ivy Tech’s management structure to aid its focus on training students for the jobs Indiana employers need filled.
“The most important thing is to remember we are an educational institution, and we are interested in how our students succeed,” he said. “What better indicator of success than the kind of job opportunities they have and how that helps them increase their lifetime earnings.”
Hogan’s appointment comes less than a month after several other changes in roles among Ivy Tech administrators, including making Sue Smith of Columbus the vice president of the Technology and Applied Sciences Division in the system. Smith has long played a key role in economic development initiatives on and off campus in the Columbus/Franklin region.
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