INDIANAPOLIS -- Ivy Tech Community College has selected Dr. Ann M. Valentine as its chancellor for the Wabash Valley Region. Valentine will begin her position on or around July 1.
Valentine replaces Jeff Pittman who was recently named the college's vice president for Ivy Tech Online. Lea Anne Crooks, Wabash Valley executive director for Workforce and Economic Development, has served as the region's interim chancellor during the search process.
"I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with the greater Terre Haute and Greencastle areas. Ivy Tech is uniquely positioned to contribute to economic growth and is a good return on public investment. We'll work hard to make that return even greater."
Ivy Tech's Wabash Valley Region serves Putnam, Parke, Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Greene and Vermillion counties with two full-service campuses located in Greencastle and Terre Haute.
"Dr. Valentine has a remarkable amount of experience in higher education," Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder said. "Her involvement in student development and commitment to campus communities will be a great asset to the Wabash Valley Region.
Valentine has held faculty and administrative positions in higher education for more than 20 years. Since 2005, she has served as president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, where she supervised faculty and staff as well as led campuses in collaboration, instructional development, institutional effectiveness and college management.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a four-campus college that includes a strong online campus, community learning centers, customized training services and industry-based corporate learning centers. The college enrolls nearly 5,000 students a year.
While undertaking her role as president, Valentine launched a strategic planning process that included listening sessions on all campuses and in all campus communities, which focused on planning metrics and goals. She also helped in the reorganization of student services which was completed December 2007.
Prior to her role at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Valentine served as vice president of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis., from 2000 to 2005. One of her biggest accomplishments while holding this position included leading a community-based partnership effort to bring childcare for special needs children to the campus. She also assisted in planning and documenting construction of a new advanced technology center on the Kenosha campus. Concurrent with her role as vice president, she also served as vice president of employee services from 2000 to 2002, where she directed personnel and employee development services.
Preceding her role at Gateway Technical College, Valentine served as dean of instructional services (chief academic officer) at Independence (Kan.) Community College from 1998 to 2000. While at ICC, Valentine enhanced the community relationships through K-12 projects, as well as led a curriculum update process to include competency-based syllabi.
In addition, Valentine has served as dean for general education for Moraine Park Technical College, program associate for the office of the vice president for health sciences at the University of Iowa, as well as manager of special projects at Kirkwood Community College.
She has also served as faculty at many of these institutions, teaching social and behavioral sciences as well as political science and interdisciplinary social sciences.
Valentine earned her Doctorate degree in Higher Education and Master's degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her associate degree from Kirkwood Community College also in Cedar Rapids.
She has written a number of professional publications and has made numerous presentations on leadership and educational development. In addition, she has also been involved with multiple grant developments, as well as fundraisers for several institutions. She served as commissioner of the American Association of Community Colleges from 2007 to 2010, and was also awarded the Professional Achievement Award from Mount Mercy College in 2007.
The Chancellor search committee included David R. Doerr, president and CEO of Union Health System in Terre Haute, who served as the committee chairman. Additional committee members included Ed Carmichael, Carmichael Farms; Daniel Tanoos, superintendent of Vigo County Schools; V. Bruce Walkup, regional president of First Financial Bank; Daniel Bradley, president of Indiana State University; Bill Dory, executive director of Putnam County Economic Development Center; Steve Witt, president of Terre Haute Economic Development Corp.; Tradara McLaurine, assistant director/academic adviser at Ivy Tech; Julie Will, Dean/assistant professor at Ivy Tech; and Dan Schenk, chancellor at Ivy Tech, Southwest Region.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. With campuses throughout Indiana, Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.