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March 21, 2014

Board confirms Valley Ivy Tech chancellor’s resignation

Valentine recently a finalist in search for president at a Kansas community college

TERRE HAUTE — Ann Valentine, chancellor at the Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley Region, is stepping down from that post May 15 at the end of spring term.

Chancellor since July 1, 2011, Valentine has informed the regional board that she is leaving to pursue other opportunities in higher education. Jeff Terp, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Ivy Tech statewide, made the announcement at Friday’s regional board meeting.

Valentine was not present at the board meeting and could not immediately be reached for comment.

In an Ivy Tech news release, she stated as follows:

“I have been privileged to serve the people of the Wabash Valley. Terre Haute has been a welcoming and supportive community and I am proud of our collective accomplishments during the last three years.”

She further commented, “I commend the members of the team at Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley for their professionalism and growth on behalf of our students and community, and I give a great deal of credit for our accomplishments to the regional board, whose members have been unflaggingly engaged and helpful. I’m looking forward to new opportunities and wish for only the best for Terre Haute.”

Terp commented at the meeting, “We appreciate the service that Ann has given this college for almost three years, and we wish her the best of luck.”

After the meeting, Ken Baker, board chairman, praised Valentine’s accomplishments and said she’s brought many positive changes as the Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley chancellor. “I’m one of her fans,” he said. She did a lot with board development and helped the board move to electronic communications, he said.

Baker said Valentine  does aspire to a presidency at a community college, a position that would give her more of a final say in decision-making in cooperation with that college’s board. “She could move innovations more quickly,” Baker said.

Last June, Valentine was a finalist in the search for a new president at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. She later withdrew from the search. At that time, she stated she sought the presidency there because she would have more responsibilities. “I feel I have a broader skill set than a chancellor here [in the Ivy Tech system] is asked to use,” she said at the time.

It was not a matter of wanting to leave Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley, she said last summer. She said there is a difference “between wanting to leave and wanting to seek out greater responsibility.”

Since last summer, she’s been a finalist in other searches, including at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.; at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa; and at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisc.

Under her tenure, Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley developed international outreach programs and has repurposed a building in the Vigo County Industrial Park that houses nursing programs and also will house a diesel technology lab and a veterinary technician program.

Last year, Ivy Tech and the Terre Haute Humane Society began a fundraising campaign to move the humane shelter to the Ivy Tech TechLAB facility (former Doughmakers), which would require renovation. Funds also are needed to equip space for a veterinary technician and related programming.

An Ivy Tech news release states that Valentine “quickly became immersed in community leadership by serving on key economic development boards and activities,” including strategic planning for the Terre Haute Rural Health Innovation Collaborative.

She led efforts to redesign learning spaces and provide support for faculty retraining, and the Wabash Valley student retention rate has improved “to its highest level,” according to the news release.

She also led efforts to reallocate resources for international programming, entrepreneurship services, new programming in liberal arts, energy technologies, diesel technologies and engineering, the release stated.

Prior to her tenure at Ivy Tech, she held faculty and administrative positions in higher education for more than 20 years. From 2005 to 2011, Valentine served as president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. She was vice president and provost of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis., from 2000 to 2005.

Terp said after the meeting that Valentine’s departure will provide the college and state trustees an opportunity to consider further consolidation of regions, something that has been ongoing statewide to save money. Terp expects the matter to be addressed at the April meeting of the state board of trustees.

“I’m sure state trustees will want us to continue to evaluate and look at opportunities to save the college money and look at more ways to be efficient,” Terp said.

Last month, Ivy Tech state trustees voted  to combine the administrative offices of the Bloomington and Evansville regions, another merger in a series of restructuring moves aimed at reducing administrative costs statewide and allocating more dollars to full-time faculty and advising positions.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

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