Ivy Tech continues consolidation to save money

2014-01-07T19:30:00Z 2014-01-08T10:58:04Z Ivy Tech continues consolidation to save moneyCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

Ivy Tech Community College on Tuesday announced the consolidation of its other regional campuses in a move similar to last year's merger of its Northwest and North Central regions.

Thomas Coley, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College North Central, also oversees the Northwest region, which includes East Chicago, Gary, Valparaiso and Michigan City. The North Central region includes Elkhart, South Bend and Warsaw.

Leaders said the changes will result in increased efficiencies and intensify focus on various communities served by the college system.

The college plans to name campus presidents at a future date. This new title of campus president will replace the current title of vice chancellor/dean that exists in some locations. The campus presidents will report to the chancellor.

Ivy Tech spokesman Jeff Fanter said he expects campus presidents to be named for the Northwest/North Central region.

"It is yet to be determined which campuses in the regions will have presidents named. That is expected probably in February," he said. "I would expect there to be some named in the Northwest and North Central regions — just not sure which campuses and who yet. Their focus will be on local community outreach to ensure that the campus is providing what the community needs."

Fanter said administrative savings linked to consolidation are estimated at $2.5 million to $3 million. Ivy Tech has communicated its funding challenges in the past, including that from 2006 to 2012 the college's funding per full-time student has decreased from $3,248 to $2,543. That refers to the per-pupil funding the college receives from state appropriations.

While the college will consolidate administrative functions across the new combined regions, the current 14 regional boards of trustees will continue to operate as they have in the past.

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