New vice chancellor/deans have been appointed to serve at the Valparaiso and the Michigan City Pejic campuses of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
Aco Sikoski will become the chancellor/dean of the Valparaiso campus. He replaces Delores Haklin, who retired.
Sikoski has been employed at Ivy Tech since 1997 when he began as an adjunct in the math department. He was promoted to program chair in the design technology program, where he served until 2007, when he became dean of the School of Technology and the School of Applied Science and Pre-engineering.
Sikoski received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kiril I Metodj University in Macedonia and his master's of engineering from Purdue University.
Rick Soria will become the chancellor/dean of the Michigan City Pejic campus. He replaces Jerry Huddleston, who retired.
Soria has been with the college since 2002, when he was brought on to create Ivy Tech’s first mortuary science program. In 2007, he was selected as dean of the School of Public and Social Sciences, where he provided direction for program improvement, development, and review and changes to meet student and employer needs.
Soria received his bachelor's in business management from Calumet College of St. Joseph, his technical certificate in mortuary science from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Illinois, and his doctorate of law from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Both begin their new assignments June 18.