April 24, 2014

Ivy Tech Community College names Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor of Bloomington region

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Jennie Vaughan to serve as the college’s Chancellor at its Bloomington Region.  Vaughan replaces John R. Whikehart who retired from the college in January after 22 years of service.

Vaughan has led a successful 31-year career in higher education with more than 17 of those years at Ivy Tech.  Since 2009, she has served as the Bloomington Region’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Human Resources where she was responsible for the overall day-to-day management and direction of Student Affairs departments including Admissions, Recruitment, Advising, Financial Aid, Registrar, Dual Credit, Testing Center, Student Life and Development, and Disability Services, as well as the Human Resources and Security departments.

“I want to thank President Snyder for providing me the opportunity to lead the Ivy Tech-Bloomington region, and to continue to fulfill our mission as a comprehensive community college,” said Vaughan. “I am thrilled at the challenge ahead and look forward to keeping our focus on student success, and building and maintaining the unique partnerships that keep Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus responsive to its communities.”

Vaughan has been an integral member of the Bloomington campus expansion planning committee with a focus on site expansions at the Waldron Center and the Indiana Center for Life Sciences, as well as the college’s additional locations at Liberty Drive and Liberty Crossing in Bloomington, Oakland City University in Bedford and the Orange County Learning Center in French Lick.  She has also been heavily involved in physical expansion including the Phase II construction of the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

“Jennie brings over 30 years of higher education experience to this position.  In her 17 years of service here at Ivy Tech she has helped lead our efforts in Bloomington in a variety of different capacities,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.  “She will continue to increase our outreach efforts in the communities we serve to ensure that Ivy Tech is providing what business and industry needs to be successful, while at the same time also expanding our partnerships to provide our students transfer opportunities with Indiana University.”

Prior to her role as Vice Chancellor, Vaughan served as Executive Director of Administration where she was responsible for overall management and direction of Facilities, Computer Technology Services, Human Resources and Academic Support for the Bloomington region.  She established goals and priorities for all departments and was a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Counsel where campus goals, priorities and budget were managed.

In addition, Vaughan has served as Assistant Dean of Enrollment Services/Registrar for Ivy Tech’s Bloomington region where she worked closely with deans, directors, department chairs and various departments of the college, as well as co-chair of the campus’ 2006 $3.5 million Grow Ivy capital campaign. Vaughan has also served as Registrar, as well as Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator for the region.

Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, Vaughan spent 14 years at the University of San Francisco serving a variety of roles such as Director of Operations and Registrar.  Her management responsibilities included planning and implementing all departmental goals, managing the budget for both the Office of the Registrar and graduation accounts, directing all aspects of nine commencement ceremonies, assisting with recruitment and retention of students, assisting with orientation for all new students, producing class schedules, maintaining academic calendars and supervising staff.

Vaughan is also heavily involved in community activities and currently serves as Vice President of the Local Counsel of Women.  She is also a member of 100+ Women Who Care, committee member of Kiwanis of South Central Indiana, previously served as a board member of Stepping Stones and charter member and past President of Ladies’ Auxiliary – Bloomington Fire Department.

Vaughan earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from American Military University, as well as completed graduate coursework toward a Master of Arts in Education at the University of San Francisco.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington region includes an eight-county service area including Brown, Lawrence, Greene, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange and Owen counties.  Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has grown by 150 percent from 2,600 students in 2001 to 6,500 students served today at its main campus location at 200 Daniels Way in Bloomington.

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.