NCMPR District 3 award recognizes leadership in community, business partnerships
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor Steve Daily has been honored with the 2014 District 3 Pacesetter Award by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for his efforts to make post-secondary education more accessible to the residents of the six counties served by the College’s Kokomo Region.
Daily received the award Thursday during the annual conference of NCMPR’s District 3, held this year in Green Bay. As a regional winner, he is one of seven finalists for the national Pacesetter Award to be presented at NCMPR’s conference in Portland, Oregon, next March.
The Pacesetter of the Year Award recognizes a chief executive officer of a two-year community or technical college or district office who has demonstrated leadership and support in the area of college communications and marketing. District 3 includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario.
“Expanding access to post-secondary education, making it available ‘close to home,’ has been the hallmark of Chancellor Daily’s 20-year career with Ivy Tech,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing and Communications for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “The region had single facilities in three communities when he joined the College in 1995. The region now has seven facilities in six communities. These expansions represent more than $30 million in investment through local and region-wide fund-raising events and corporate and government support through financial and in-kind contributions.
“While expanding the physical offerings, the region was also expanding its academic offerings,” she continued. “Nearly two dozen new academic and career training programs, ranging from Visual Communication to Early Childhood Education to Advanced Manufacturing, have been instituted under his watch.”
“On a personal note,” she continued, “Chancellor Daily has supported my career development since I started working in the IUK communications office in 1987, encouraging my continued education as well as my participation in professional organizations like NCMPR. As he prepares for his retirement in January, it is very fitting for NCMPR to recognize his service to education, community and the values of NCMPR with the regional Pacesetter Award for 2014.”
In her letter endorsing Daily’s nomination, Laura Sheets, Duke Energy’s district government and community relations manager, credited the nominee with making a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of people in central Indiana.
“Steve Daily is undoubtedly a pacesetter, in the true sense of the word,” she wrote. “Under his leadership, the college has become a part of the very fabric of this community and an asset that will grow the workforce for years to come. … Steve Daily has grown leaders, both inside and outside the college, and in doing so ensures a legacy that is exponential in making a difference in the world. He has set a pace and an example that will rarely, if ever, be duplicated.”
Gwenn Eldridge, an Ivy Tech faculty member and administrator who is president-elect of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), at one time worked as a marketing professional under the chancellor.
“During my time working as an administrator, I saw first-hand Steve’s ability to not only lead the conversation about the importance of quality education within the college but also to the community. … Now, as a faculty member, I have seen that same creative vision and drive,” she wrote to the NCMPR judges. “I believe in Steve Daily and his commitment to telling the stories of our students. His work – and his life – are about making sure that their voices are heard and that, with a positive college experience, they will become a part of telling their own stories as professionals in their communities.”
In a third letter of support, Jean Neel, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Haynes International and chair of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s board of trustees, called Daily a visionary leader and the very definition of a pacesetter.
“Those who know Steve Daily, as well as those who meet him for the first time, are inspired to move outside their comfort zones and to take steps to serve others,” Neal wrote. “He has been a true champion of education and a strong advocate of Ivy Tech Community College … students, staff, and faculty. He has set the pace!”