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Lowery talks about his plans for Ivy Tech's Columbus campus

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The new leader of Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus/Southeast believes in the power of convening.

Chris Lowery, who most recently served as director of public policy and engagement for Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc., plans to harness the power of people working together when he becomes chancellor of the Columbus campus and southeast region Aug. 18.

He said Ivy Tech can help rebuild Indiana's middle class by convening with other leaders in business, education, health care and nonprofit organizations.

The opportunity education provides — from employment to a larger perspective of community — is unparalleled, he said.

He knows first hand, as the first college graduate in his family.

"We can all do better to create a culture, a society of educational attainment," he said. "I want to be part of that."

For more of the profile on Lowery, see Saturday's Republic.

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