Haynes International vice president to be honored for contributions
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will present an honorary degree to Jean Neel, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Haynes International Inc., during its May 7 commencement ceremonies. She will receive an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree in recognition of her contributions to the College, its students and the communities served by Kokomo Region.
“Jean has long been an advocate for and supporter of Ivy Tech Community College in the Kokomo Region,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, noting that she served on the Kokomo Regional Board of Trustees for nine years, including several years as its chairperson.
“Having begun her higher education at a community college, Jean is acutely aware of the challenges Ivy Tech students face and, to help deserving students, she has established a scholarship in her parents’ names,” Bathe said. “Jean also was instrumental in the corporate donation that was honored with the naming of the Haynes International library on the Kokomo Campus. Her support has been invaluable to the Kokomo Region.”
In June 2015, Neel was among a select group of Hoosiers from business, philanthropy, and education policy invited to the White House to meet with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Director of the White House Policy Council James Kvaal to discuss community colleges.
Neel has contributed greatly to the community through her professional and volunteer efforts. In her role as vice president of Corporate Affairs for Haynes, an international corporation headquartered in Kokomo, Jean has corporate-wide responsibility for safety, health and environmental training and development, labor relations, human resources, government and public affairs, security, and advertising/communications. She was the first woman appointed to the position of vice president for the corporation.
Prior to joining Haynes, Neel was the director of government and public affairs for Inco Alloys International in Huntington, W.Va. While serving in that role, Jean was honored with the Distinguished West Virginian Award for her work in economic development for the state. During her eight years in the health care industry early in her career, she chaired the West Virginia Legislature’s Cost Shifting Subcommittee on Uncompensated Health Care and Medicaid Expenditures.
Since moving to Indiana, Neel’s service to the state and Kokomo has included membership on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and its board of directors, the board of directors of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, the advisory board for WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development), and the advisory council for the Technical Assistance Program of Purdue University.
Neel’s higher education began at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, W.Va., where she was co-captain of the women’s basketball team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in journalism from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University.