INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College today announced the appointment of Dr. Rachel L. Kartz as the new chancellor of the Hamilton County campus, effective immediately. Kartz recently served as interim chancellor and vice president for academic affairs for the campus.

"In her near decade of service to Ivy Tech Community College and our students, Dr. Kartz has proven herself to be a dynamic and effective leader,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College. "We are confident that with Rachel at the helm, the Hamilton County campus will continue to flourish as the engine of workforce development for this rapidly growing county.”

Kartz has more than 15 years of experience in higher education. She joined Ivy Tech in 2014 as the assistant department chair and assistant professor of English for the Indianapolis campus. She was named English department chair in 2016 and dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Education in 2019. In 2021, Kartz was named Ivy Tech Hamilton County’s inaugural vice chancellor for academic affairs, where she led the implementation of over twenty academic programs, the development of testing, tutoring, and library services, the renovation of a $1.75 million health care lab, and the transition back to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to Ivy Tech, Kartz taught at the University of Indianapolis, Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls Community College, and Eastern Washington University.

I am honored and excited to continue serving the Ivy Tech Hamilton County community in this new capacity. I am committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment, in partnership with our world-class faculty and staff, that empowers our students to excel and meets the urgent workforce needs of employers in Hamilton County and beyond.

– Dr. Rachel Kartz, Chancellor at Ivy Tech Hamilton County

"We are thrilled to officially welcome Rachel Kartz as the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College's Hamilton County campus,” said Chuck Haberman, chair of the Ivy Tech Hamilton County campus board of trustees. “Rachel’s leadership while serving as interim chancellor was vital to the continued growth of Ivy Tech Hamilton County, and I look forward to seeing all she accomplishes on behalf of students, employers and our community.”

Raised in Milwaukee, Wis., Kartz was the first in her family to attend college. She has a bachelor’s in business administration and human resources from Marquette University, a master’s in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Indiana State University.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.