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Therese Copeland drew a line through her old job title and wrote her new title below it on an Ivy Tech Community College business card.
The new interim director of resource development has held four jobs at Ivy Tech since she came to the school four years ago.
She served as administrative assistant to the vice president for professional development, to the vice chancellor of student affairs and most recently to the school chancellor himself.
Now she holds a job that makes her responsible for community outreach, which includes building community partnerships, fundraising, coordination of foundation activities and heading the scholarship program.
Lynn Sullivan, assistant director of marketing and communications, said it is a vital position leaned on heavily by the chancellor.
“This week, I’m pulling away from my old responsibilities so I can hit this head first,” Copeland said. “My goal is to do a great job.”
Copeland, who has two children who attend Columbus North High School, said she was an assistant librarian at Schmitt Elementary School when she moved here from Ohio five years ago.
She discovered a passion for education, which she said “transports you financially and physically” into an improved quality of life. A year later, she found herself at Ivy Tech.
Her new job technically is an interim position. Copeland said assigning the title to new employees is common at Ivy Tech to make sure the employee will work out well in the position.
Copeland said she has no doubt that it will, given her opinion that her first three jobs at Ivy Tech have provided the seasoning to represent the school in a major way.
Her experience includes fundraising for nonprofits, organizing fundraisers, public presentations, collaboration, marketing, tutoring, freelance writing and working with students.
But first thing’s first in her new job: Get some new business cards.
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