Carlee Glassburn Cook will represent agriculture on the board
KOKOMO, Ind. — Carlee Glassburn Cook, a Miami County native and 2013 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, has been named to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.
Cook was appointed to a three-year term by Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees. A regional manager for Indiana Farm Bureau, Cook will represent agriculture on the seven-member regional board.
“We are very pleased Carlee is joining the Kokomo Region trustees and proud to have one of our own graduates step into this role,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties.
“Since earning her associate of science in agriculture in 2013, Carlee has been a strong proponent of the value of Ivy Tech,” he continued. “She credits Ivy Tech for providing a strong foundation for the bachelor’s degree in agriculture communication she earned at Purdue University two years later.”
Members of Ivy Tech’s 14 regional boards have four essential responsibilities. These include analyzing educational needs and opportunities in the region, approving regional programming and recommending to the state board a plan to provide education and workforce development programs for the region, approving the region’s budget, and recommending methods for acquiring facilities and equipment needed to deliver regional programs.
Cook has been the Farm Bureau’s regional manager for Tipton, Howard, Miami, Grant, Wabash, and Huntington counties since last September. She previously worked for two years at Kokomo Grain Co. as a customer service representative with an applied focus in grain merchandising.
Tom McKaig, president of the Kokomo Region Board of Trustees, welcomed Cook as a new member to the board. “As a recent graduate with some great experience in the world of Indiana farmers, she will be a great representative of both agriculture and youth,” he said.
As a student at Ivy Tech, Carlee excelled in the classroom, earning membership in Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society; took advantage of on-campus activities; and was part of a 10-day faculty-student travel-abroad program in Italy. She served summer internships at the Howard County Purdue Extension Office and at Beck’s Hybrids.
A recipient of several Ivy Tech scholarships while a student, she now works to support those who are following her. As a member of Circle of Ivy, Ivy Tech’s women’s philanthropy group, she has often shared her story with alumni and student groups.
“It’s an incredible honor to be invited and accepted as a new board member for the Kokomo Service Area,” Cook said. “I’m proud to be an Ivy Tech alumna representing the agriculture industry.”
Cook and her husband Andrew, who works in the research department at Beck’s Hybrids, live in Tipton County.