Ivy Tech changes board structure to create autonomy

Ivy Tech Community College has appointed a new Campus Board of Trustees to help guide the College’s Lawrenceburg campus and Batesville site, including approval of the campus budget and serving as student and community advocates.

The seven-member board was formed to replace the College’s Regional Board of Trustees that was dissolved with the college’s restructuring to give campuses more autonomy and enable them to draw closer ties within their communities, said Ivy Tech Chancellor Mark Graver.

The Lawrenceburg campus previously shared a Regional Board of Trustees with the Madison campus and Batesville site. Members came from communities in both campus’ service areas.

The new board consists of members from the Lawrenceburg campus service area, which includes Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, and Ripley counties, he said.

They represent the economic sectors of labor, education, commerce, agriculture, and manufacturing, as well as an at-large member. Some members were retained from the regional board, said Garver.

Board members:
•Chairman John Kime, Dearborn County, represents the labor sector. He is a retired member of Carpenters Local Union No. 1142. He was retained from the regional board on which he served since 1988.
•Vice Chairman Kenzie Bentle, Dearborn County, represents the education sector. A retired teacher from the Sunman-Dearborn School Corporation, he was retained from the former board on which he served since 1998.
•Secretary Karen Snyder, Dearborn County, serves as an at-large member. She is executive director of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. She is newly appointed to the Campus Board of Trustees.
•Dave Deddens, Franklin County, represents the commerce sector. He is owner of Sky Line Chili restaurants in Brookville and St. Leon. He was retained from the former board on which he served since 2016.
•Belinda Eldridge, Dearborn County, represents the healthcare sector. She is a nurse development/recruitment coordinator for Highpoint Health and is newly appointed.
•Dr. Laura Haupert, Ohio County, represents the agriculture sector. She is director of research & development at OMI Technologies and is newly appointed.
•Brett Hofer, Ripley County, represents the manufacturing technical sector. He is the safety and training coordinator at Batesville Tool & Die, and was retained from the former board on which he served since 2016.

“The Lawrenceburg/Batesville Board of Trustees features a wealth of experience and representation from our service area and our highest-demand economic sectors,” said Garver. “We welcome each of them and are excited to work closely with this board to ensure our campus and our academic programs are aligning with the needs of our communities.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  


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