New Ivy Tech Kokomo community room to be named Hingst Hall

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Architect’s rendering of entrance to Hingst Hall (More photos below)

Brothers Bob and Bill Hingst honor parents with major donation


KOKOMO Ind. – Thanks to Kokomo brothers Bob and Bill Hingst and their families, the new community room at the Kokomo Campus of Ivy Tech Community College will be known as Hingst Hall, named in honor of their late parents, John and Hilda Hingst.

“Our parents spent their lives committed to bettering the Kokomo community,” said Bob Hingst. “Dad was always interested in education – on the founding board of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus, involved in Purdue University programs in Kokomo, Indiana University Kokomo, and Kokomo-Center Township School Corporation. He was always looking to the future of Kokomo, the development of the community.

“Ivy Tech makes our community better,” he continued. “This new campus will make our community better and we are proud to honor the memory of our father and mother with the naming of Hingst Hall.”

Bob Hingst also is serving as a member of the steering committee for the Kokomo Campus Transformation campaign to raise $3 million in community support for the project. That philanthropic support will be added to a $40 million appropriation in state funding approved by the Indiana General Assembly to complete the $43 million project.

Hingst Hall will be located in the new Health Professions Center under construction as part of a transformation of the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. Designed to accommodate up to 300 people and opening to a large outdoor patio area, the community room will provide much needed space for student groups, faculty and staff, as well as community gatherings. With state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and enhanced acoustics in Hingst Hall, Ivy Tech Kokomo will have opportunities to host regional educational conferences and seminars.

The donation will be recognized during a campus/community celebration set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, that is open to the public. Planned as a festive get-together for the campus and community, guests will gather in a big tent to help celebrate the project’s progress and everyone will have a chance to turn over a shovelful of dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking. Remarks are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

John Hingst was born and raised in Texas but after marrying Kokomo native Hilda Miller, his Purdue University sweetheart, he set down roots deep and wide in the Kokomo community. In 1950, he began working for his father-in-law’s business, Miller Transportation Company. Bob Hingst recalls his dad saying Hilda’s father had recruited him with the admonition that while John could succeed wherever he went, “he could come to Kokomo and really make a difference.” And make a difference he and Hilda did. From then until his death in December 2012, John was known as an eminently successful businessman, community leader, and philanthropist, always supported by Hilda, who passed away two years later.

In 1968, what was then known as Indiana Vocational Technical College chartered its Kokomo-based region to serve Howard and five contiguous counties and started offering classes in a two-story building on U.S. 31 on the south edge of Kokomo. John Hingst was elected the first chairman of the new regional board, a position he held for Ivy Tech Kokomo’s first 10 years. During that time, the Kokomo-Center Township School Corporation donated 20 acres on the north side of Kokomo to Ivy Tech and in 1976, the College moved to its new facilities at 1815 E. Morgan St.

Now, more than 40 years later, those facilities are being transformed into a centralized, cohesive campus where students can walk to classes, participate in student life, and get any service they need in one location. The Healthcare Professions Center – with the multipurpose Hingst Hall available for campus and community use – is a focal point of the project.

“It is particularly fitting that John Hingst be honored as we celebrate Ivy Tech’s 50th birthday in Kokomo and his contributions at its beginnings,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily, a member of the Kokomo Campus Transformation campaign steering committee.

“The Hingst family has consistently contributed time, energy and resources to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus since it was established. Not only was John on the first Regional Board; he also was one of the first recipients of an honorary degree awarded in the Kokomo region,” Daily continued. “We at Ivy Tech are proud to have received the support of the Hingst family through the years and very grateful for their contribution to the transformation project. Hingst Hall will be a centerpiece of community pride made possible by a family who cares deeply about the community.”

Today, Bill Hingst and Bob Hingst serve as president and vice president of the family-owned Mid America Beverage. The donation is being jointly made by Bill and Ginny Hingst and their children, Jack and Katie, and Bob and Mary Hingst and their children, Eric, Ann and Sarah.

To get a first glimpse of the campus transformation, visit For information about the capital campaign, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at or 765-252-5501.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new Hingst Hall will accommodate 300 people for meetings, seminars, and social gatherings.

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The new Hingst Hall will offer updated audiovisual capabilities for campus and community events.


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit
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