Ivy Tech announces Kimberly M. King as Acting Chancellor for Kokomo Campus 

Appointment is part of College’s new organizational structure

Kimberly King

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has appointed Kimberly M. King as acting chancellor of the Kokomo Campus as part of the College’s new organizational structure. The new structure is designed to better align with community needs at the campus level and empower campuses to be responsive and nimble in meeting local needs.

Prior to the change, multiple campuses reported to a regional or bi-regional leadership, including the College’s Kokomo and Lafayette regions reporting to a single chancellor, a role held by Dr. David Bathe. Bathe was recently named chancellor of the Lafayette Campus.

The Kokomo Campus will now be a self-sustaining location with King serving as the acting chancellor. She will also continue in the role of associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Kokomo Campus chancellor position will be posted, with the intention to fill the position by Nov. 1.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as the acting chancellor of the Kokomo Campus,” King said. “This is an exciting time of transition for our Ivy Tech Community College system, as we work to better align with both student and workforce needs within our campus-based communities. I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated faculty and staff at the Kokomo Campus in service to the surrounding community.”

For the past two years, King has served Ivy Tech as the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in Kokomo and Lafayette. During her 20-year tenure with the College, King has also held roles in the Kokomo region including assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; dean for the Schools of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts and Design, and Academic Skills Advancement; and program chair for Communication, English, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  In 2015, she was recognized as the Outstanding Administrator by the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.  Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, King held positions at Adminastar Federal Inc., The Children’s Museum, and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Indianapolis, and Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union in Kokomo.

“We appreciate Kim’s dedication to Ivy Tech and her willingness to serve in this acting role at the Kokomo campus,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “She has held various leadership and faculty roles at the College, and is the right person to lead the campus during this time of transition.”

King has been actively involved in Ivy Tech statewide, including as a member of the Regional Academic Officer’s Committee and the Higher Learning Commission’s Diversity Committee for Accreditation. Her community activities include serving on the Chamber Council of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and the Visioning/Winning Community Committee for the Community Foundation of Howard County and participating in Partners in Education.  She has led seminars and workshops for leadership academies in Kokomo, Logansport, and Wabash, and facilitated training of loaned associates for United Way.

King earned a Master of Arts in Communication from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Theatre Education from the University of Indianapolis. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University.

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Rochester FFA members share knowledge with Rochester 4th graders

Ivy Tech Agriculture’s Mobile Lab put to use at ‘environmental day’

Jacob Flook and Austin Foster present information about tree growth and “timber cruising.”

Lisa Paxton, Ivy Tech Agriculture program chair, instructs students to determine soil particle size by shaking the soil through a sieve.

Testing soils, measuring timber, learning about animal byproducts and what to look for in the meat case at the grocery – all this and more were part of recent environmentally based workshops presented to the Rochester School Corporation’s 4th grade students using Ivy Tech Community College’s mobile agriculture lab.

Lisa Paxton, Agriculture program chair for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses, worked with Rochester FFA members in presenting the hands-on workshops at the Geneva Center in Rochester in May.

The activities included: Taking Soil Samples; Soil Particles Sizes and their Environmental Impact; Timber Cruising to Determine Board Feet; Tree Growth; Animal Science Byproducts Utilization; Livestock Cuts of Meat; and Leadership Development Activities.


Ross Pearson and Dakota Stricklin work with students in studying the water-holding capacity in various soil samples.




Members of Rochester’s Future Farmers of America chapter helped put the Ivy Tech Agriculture Mobile Lab classroom to use for Rochester 4th grade’s “environmental day” at Geneva Center.
Left-right (front row): Samantha Jolley, Alexis Jolley, Alivia Williams; (back row): Jacob Flook, Ross Pearson, Austin Foster, Dakota Stricklin

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region announces Spring Semester 2017 Dean’s List

Students recognized for academic performance

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region has announced the following students have been named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2017 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or above while enrolled in at least six credit hours and be seeking a degree. Students also must have achieved a minimum of 12 cumulative credit hours over the course of their academic career.

Sorted by hometown:


Brittany Meier



Dustin Heath

Amy Rimpler

Elizabeth Smith

Kyle Vincent



Teri Stokes



Cody Roberts



Shawn Kelly


Bunker Hill

Keyton Charlesworth

Larry Jenkins

John Morris

Wendy Spence



Hayden Crume



Ashley Darnell

Christine O’Day



Brandy Martin



Alexis Eckerle

Matthew Gates

Andrielle Vanet



Christopher Kelly

Emily Wuerch

Melissa Zuber



Brian Bromfield


Crown Point

Ryan Beishuizen



Jessica McVay



Amy Chilcutt

Jonathon Mann

Kevin Moore

Andrew Myers

Allison Myers



April Wright



Jacob Yeater



Kathy Bohanan



Elizabeth Nichols

Tony Roddel

Susan Turrill



Stephanie Ellis



Christopher Burke

Cara Dauenhauer

Jillian Johnson

Courtney McCloskey

Floyd McCoy

Jade Munsey

Christy Robertson

Eric Shear


Gas City

William Davis

Jeremy Herring



Jesse Kerfoot



Fay Kemp



Angela Bailiff

Dakota Barton

Jennifer Hattabaugh

John Horner

Fangjie Huang

Matthew Keisling

Kimberly Kellar

Jonathan Lowden

Gabrielle Roach

Curtis Siler

Corey Sommers

Stacy Walter



Matison DeWitt

Anna Ellis



Catherine Diveley



John Alvarado

Nicholas Arnold

Charlet Ayala

Samantha Baker

Shayla Barnett

Nicholas Barnett

Jose Bedoy

Kara Boruff

Tonya Bradley

Christina Brankle

Kristina Broerman

Amber Broman

Anna Bullock

Nicole Bumgardner

Samuel Clark

Christian Cline

Rebekah Cross

Nickolaus Davidson

Chelsea Detamore

Cynthia Dulin

April Duncan

Amy Edwards

Sarah Eltzeroth

Carlos Enci

Dajah Espinoza

Kayla Foor

Seth Foresman

Anthony Fowler

Edson Fox

Andrea Fulton

Embree Gambill

Anthony Gipson

Elizabeth Golden

Darian Golightly

Lindsey Gordon

Roseanna Grace

Caleb Graham

Blake Grau

Rashel Gray

Bethany Green

Jonathan Haley

James Hampton

Toby Harris

Mary Hartman

Justin Haworth

Benjamin Henn

Dawn Herrell

Bernadine Higgins

Rosa Hobbs

Dylan Hochstedler

Kristin Ireland

Dallas Jackson

Candace Jarvis

Mary Jay

Dennis Johnson

Cortney Justice

Ryan Kendall

Cash Lamberg

Adrean Lamberg

Cheyenna Lawson

Jeron Laycock

Molly LeClerc

Gabriella Loisch

Hannah Majors

Mary Marshall

Madison Marshall

Dylan McGinnis

Shalee Meadors

Rachel Miller

Katlyn Miller

James Montgomery

Dustin Moore

Teli Mussial

Jacob Myers

Jena Myers

Melissa Nelson

Peyton Neuzerling

Christi Newlin

Trisha Norfleet

KeeJoh O’Hearon

Alexandra Olson

Crystina Owens

Ely Page

Henly Page

Carl Pennington

Braxton Phillips

Sheila Post

Brittany Price

Stephanie Purvis

Mercedes Riley

Christopher Risk

James Robins

Jo Rocchio

Patrice Rogers

Trista Rose

Kayla Rouse

Landon Scena-Bolan

Jessica Schill

Ocean Sharp

Anna Sharp

Nina Sharp

Natasha Shelton

Amanda Shoaf

Susan Shockney

Macayla Sitzes

Brittney Sitzes

Brittany Small

Ayanna Smith

Adam Smith

Ashley Swing

Dale Swingley

Kasey Taylor

Kaleb Tocco

Ashley Tooley

Joseph Turner

Jia Van De Venter

Bonna Vore

Amanda Walden

Michael Ward

Angela Washington

Alek Weir

Ricky Willis

Edith Willoughby

Nathaniel Winn

Connor Wisher

Anita Wooldridge

Zhenming Yang

Brittany York

Amber Zehringer


La Fontaine

Bailey Hobbs



Tina Davis-Brown



Debra Shepherd



Kristen Riggleman



Nathan Allen

Carrie Berendt

Jose Bermudez Saldana

Margarita Botello

Jessica Boucher

Kristi Brenner

Ryan Buck

Amy Conrad

Carlie Deardorff

Tamara Derrick

Kori Downs

Tyrone Flowers

Misty Frost

Carly  Geisler

Minerva Hernandez

Cody Hinkle

Sunday Htoo

Jason Huff

Rachel Iles

Jessica James

Mitchell Jensen

Jordan Johnson

Taylor Justice

John Klein

Tammy Krpan

Nicole Latourrette

Christopher Layer

Hsa Lei

Brandon McKinney

Amanda Michael

Jennifer Moss

James Musselman

Matthew Nelson

Ashley Packard

Isle Palencia

Peyton Pasquarosa

Christabel Reeser

Mikayla Reyes

Adam Rivard

Christofer Rodriguez

Rose Rohtha

Nicole Schroder

Amanda Shively

Rebecca Sims

Kaitlyn Spear

Carl Steele

Travis Steffel

Myat Su

Soledad Tafolla Rodriguez

Kyaw Thu

Wah Wah

Edward Wilkinson

Sarabia Williams

Kristin Wilson

Jennifer True



Marley Roudebush



Michele Clemons

Deborah Cogdill

Brady Conley

Dawn Shriver

Anjanette Wallace



Isaac Ashmore

Wade Brodt

Chelsea Renbarger

Derek Timmons



Emily Bailey



Kayla Jagiello

Jill Mersch

Shannon Ray



Jay Brooks



Lanny Tutterrow


New Castle

Danielle Flagg



David Franklin

Kyle Huemann

Nichole Lewandowski

Cody Shuler


North Judson

Jonathan Kozak



Angela Wallace



David Adkins

Emily Ballee

BreAnne Bowyer

Megan Bryant

Cody Byrum

Bailee Chapman

Kristina Cooper

Shalayna Correll

Christopher Cover

Lindsey Dehner

Jessica Drake

Teresa Fitzgerald

Paula Flynn

Ethan Gahs

Nikki Gomez

Alexus Head

Joseph Hiles

Katie Isebrand

Melanie Kennedy

Alicia Maggart

James Massie

Amber McCullough

Moriah Mercer

Jennifer Miller

Richard Miller

Rafael Molina

Spencer Montague

Stacy Moser

Morgan Napier

Jon Oakley

Mary Phillips

Shaela Putnam

Jered Raber

William Rose

Bo Sadler

James Seidle

Bobby Smith

Jacob Stevens

Sheila Wade

Alize White

Sierra Williams

Aaron Wilson

Mathew Wilson

Stephen Wolfe

Josiah Wrightsman



Melinda (Mindy) Hudson

Jessika Krom

Kira Minns



William Baldwin

Alexis Carr

Ashley Chipps

Kristie Culp

Paige Eriks

Jesse Fox

Logan Groves

James Handy

Han Nguyen

Bailey Scott

Hannah Shaffer

Amber Strasser

Maryanna Thousand



Stacy Wilcox


Royal Center

Wilson Fickle

Crystal Gunther

Iveelyn Rogers

Tammy Scruggs



Vanessa Frazier

Rebekah Gross

Elizabeth Netherton

Seth Pavey

Alex Surber



Christopher Freeman

Autasha Stroud



Linda Bollhoefer

Dora Snyder


Star City

Mary Craig

Anna Van Ness



Nicholas McPike

Robert Pickering



Cassidy Myers



Nathan Oakes



Nick Barnard

Quintin Carter

Tanya Cowan

Philip Hirtzel

Mallory Jacobs

Adalaide Mainville

Eli McCormack

Hope McElfresh

Jeremy McLearran

Lesley Ross

Daniel Tate

Evan Vandevender

Spencer Walsh


Twelve Mile

Brian Beaman

Tyler Lowe

Emily Russell



Jonathan Williams


Van Buren

Adam Pyles



Katerina Baucco

Sarah Castle

Samuel England

Derek Palmer

Kristen Poehler

Scott Pretorius

Sara Wolfe

Garrett Wright



BreeAnna Bell

Stephanie Donabedian

Bailey Pownell

David Roberts


West Middleton

Benny Hillis



Fred Furlano

Aaron Hoover

Christian Kasten

Edwin Lynch

Marissa Moralis

Alecia Stamper



Hunter Ailor

Jossie Helmerick

Laura Huettl

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Ivy Tech Community College names Vice Presidents of Operations

Michelle Simmons and Kathleen Mote to serve as north and south deputies

Michelle Simmons

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named two vice presidents of operations as part of its new organizational structure. Michelle Simmons will serve as Vice President of Operations in the North, and Kathleen Mote will serve as Vice President of Operations in the South.

The vice president of operations will act as a deputy to the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Andy Bowne, with specific responsibility to ensure the supportive and responsive day-to-day operational management of Ivy Tech campuses, and help ensure a positive student experience and effective workforce alignment. In addition, the position will play a key role in ensuring the delivery on the full range of performance targets.

Since 2014, Michelle Simmons has served Ivy Tech as the campus president in Kokomo. For her nearly 25 year tenure with the College, Simmons has also held roles of: Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Executive Director of Finance, Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development, and Business Office Supervisor. Her career also includes financial positions in industry with: Lox Equipment Company, Taylor-Wharton and Continental Steel Corporation.

Simmons has a Master’s of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business, major in Accounting, from Indiana University. She is an active participant in many community activities and boards, including the Indiana Region IV Workforce Development Board, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council Board of Directors, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, and Indiana Region IV Works Council member.

“I am truly honored by the opportunity to serve in this significant role, and look forward to working with our outstanding chancellors who are committed to excellence,” said Simmons. “I eagerly anticipate being part of a transformative team dedicated to ensuring that the needs of our workforce, communities and students are best met.”

Simmons will work with the following campuses: Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City, South Bend/Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Kokomo, and Marion.

Kathleen (Katie) Mote, most recently served as the Madison Campus President and Interim Chancellor for the Southeast and Columbus regions, which served 11 counties with campuses in Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Madison and Columbus. She began her Ivy Tech career in 2009 as a faculty member, serving as adjunct faculty, assistant professor, associate professor, and criminal justice program chair for the Madison, Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.

Previous to, and during her career with Ivy Tech, Mote practiced criminal law representing the State of Indiana as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Marion, Jackson and Jefferson counties. She specialized in the area of intimate partner violence for which she was honored in 2014 by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the year’s Outstanding Prosecutor.

Mote earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law – Bloomington. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish also from Indiana University – Bloomington. Mote serves on a variety of community boards in Jefferson County and was recently appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education.

Mote will work with the following campuses: Terre Haute, Bloomington, Columbus, Lawrenceburg, Madison, Sellersburg, and Evansville.

“It is an honor to support the southern campuses as Vice President of Operations,” said Mote. “I look forward to working alongside these dedicated and talented faculty, staff and chancellors to implement the new organizational structure, and to continue to improve the College’s connection to communities and service to Hoosiers.”

Bowne, Simmons and Mote will develop a culture that facilitates partnership and efficient delivery across the state. They will work with the senior leadership team, at Ivy Tech campuses and the systems office, to identify suitable benchmarking opportunities for improved productivity, efficiency and quality.

“I am thrilled that Michelle and Katie are taking on this leadership role to help shape the future of Ivy Tech,” said Bowne. “Both Michelle and Katie bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to help provide executive leadership, identify best practices, and elevate Ivy Tech to the next level. We truly are focused on putting more ‘community’ into community college and I look forward to working with them to create a successful and positive environment for our students, faculty, staff and communities.”

Bowne will work with the following campuses: Indianapolis, Muncie, Richmond, and Anderson.

Along with naming of the vice presidents of operations, four campus chancellors have been named: Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor of Bloomington, Jerrilee Mosier as Chancellor of Fort Wayne, Jonathan Weinzapfel as Chancellor of Evansville and Kathy Lee as Chancellor of Indianapolis. Formerly, they were chancellors of their respective regions, which are now identified as campuses. Ivy Tech expects to name all 19 of its campus chancellors by August 1.

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Leadership Kokomo class members zip through retreat

Camp Tecumseh event an opportunity for personal, team development

Members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2017 had an opportunity to learn more about themselves, their classmates and a variety of leadership techniques at their spring retreat.

KOKOMO, Ind. — Members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2017 had two days of learning and laughing recently at a leadership retreat at Camp Tecumseh near Lafayette.

For the class members, the retreat was an opportunity to learn more about themselves, their classmates, and a variety of lessons in leadership with a lot of fun along the way, said Carrie Giannakos, director of the Leadership Kokomo program. The retreat was led by Neal Morehead, director of the YMCA Camp Tecumseh Leadership Center, and included a zip-lining adventure.

The participants, representing industry, higher education, city government, health care, finance and the non-profit sector, make up the 35th edition of the annual leadership development program.

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Kokomo. It aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations.

For more information about LK, visit www.leadershipkokomo.org or contact Giannakos at 765-252-5498, or cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .

Zip lining was part of the fun at the spring retreat for members of the Leadership Kokomo Class of 2017.
Front row: (left to right) Darla Pugh, Madison Criswell, Emilee Norris. Row 2: Lou Ann French, Joanna Bailey, Emily Riddle, Nicole Harness. Row 3: Stephen Waddell, Janet Gall, Bryant Snider, Nolan Born, Roger Rayburn, Ted Sutton, George Mast, Aaron Stanley, Jake Brown.

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Fulton Chamber of Commerce presents Shining Star Award to Ivy Tech Rochester

Participants in Shining Star presentation to Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site included (front row, left to right) Mary Craig, director of K-12 Initiatives for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region; Amy Roe, executive director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce; Stacey Wilson, chamber president; and Judy DeVries of Ivy Tech; (back row, left to right) Adam Strasser, principal of Rochester High School; Rochester Mayor Ted Denton; Gloria Carvey, Ivy Tech site director; Jana Vance, superintendent of Rochester Community Schools; Terry Lee, executive director of the Fulton Economic Development Corporation; Stacey Carvey-Schoenhals of the Ivy Tech Advisory Board; and Greta Lynch, chamber treasurer.

Recognition honors dual-credit partnership with Rochester Community High School

ROCHESTER, Ind. – Representatives of the Rochester Instructional Site of Ivy Tech Community College and Rochester Community Schools gathered recently to accept the Shining Star Award from the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce.

The award honored the educational institutions for their dual enrollment agreement that has resulted in an $86,660 savings in tuition for the parents of Rochester High School students over the last two years.

Ivy Tech’s Rochester site, under director Gloria Carvey, provided 326 classes taught by Ivy Tech instructors for Rochester High School students during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, allowing each student to earn six free college credits while in high school.

“Ivy Tech has been a leader promoting higher education in the Rochester community,” said Amy Roe, executive director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce. “With its physical presence at the Rochester Learning Center, Ivy Tech offers daytime and evening classes for both high school students and those seeking a new career – a great benefit to residents in the Fulton County area.”

Carvey noted that Ivy Tech at Rochester specializes in general education classes that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities in Indiana along with pre-nursing classes that will prepare students for careers in healthcare.

She offered an example of Ivy Tech’s contributions to preparing people to fill needed jobs in the community. “Recently, eight students at the Rochester site passed a certified nursing class and examination qualifying them as CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants),” Carvey said. “Two of them were high school students who earned their credential with the help of the dual-credit program.”

Jana Vance, superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, echoed Carvey in describing the importance of continuing to build on the school’s relationship with Ivy Tech to support the economic growth and stability of Fulton County.

“Next year we are offering a class where students can earn a nationally recognized Certified Production Technician credential,” Vance said. “Passing the CPT exam certifies to employers that the holder has the core competencies needed to succeed in modern advanced manufacturing production jobs. Adding this through Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program is a conscientious effort to support not only our students but also our local businesses by providing graduates who are prepared with the skills employers need.”

For information on Ivy Tech’s Rochester Instructional Site at 1820 Park Road in Rochester, contact Carvey at gcarvey@ivytech.edu or (574) 223-3228, ext. 5031. Registration is going on now for the fall semester, which begins Aug.  21.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees to meet June 22


Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 the Regional Trustees will meet in Room M108 of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Campus, located at 1815 E. Morgan Street, Kokomo, Indiana. The Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College-Kokomo will meet in an Executive Session to discuss the subjects listed below. For each subject, a reference to the applicable subdivision of IC 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b) and a description of that subject are included.

(5) To receive information about and interview prospective employees
(9) To discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees. This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation, or benefits of employees during a budget process.

Dated this 13th day of June 2017.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary
Regional Board of Trustees



Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Ivy Tech Community College –Kokomo, Main Building, Room M406, 1815 E Morgan Street, Kokomo, Indiana, the Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

Dated this 13th day of June 2017.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary
Regional Board of Trustees

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