BLOOMINGTON – Duke Energy Foundation has been named Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s 2017 Benefactor of the Year. Duke was recognized Thursday, September 21 at Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual Benefactor of the Year reception and dinner held in West Baden, Ind., following the Foundation board of directors meeting. Accepting the recognition were Dawn Horth, principal community affairs consultant with the Duke Energy Foundation, and Bruce Calloway, Duke’s regional government and community relations manager.

Ivy Tech Bloomington executive director of development, Susie Graham, says that Duke Energy’s support is central to the campus and region’s success. “For 25 years Duke has been beside us, both in program growth and advocacy,” she says. “We’re so fortunate for their partnership.”

Through multiple grants and gifts, Duke Energy Foundation has supported a broad cross-section of academic disciplines, including biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and business entrepreneurship, as well as civic engagement and capital projects.

Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech students by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership. The Ivy Tech Foundation recognized 14 honorees from around the state.

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.