BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus named Debra Morrow, executive director of Middle Way House, the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She was recognized at a ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4, along with other award recipients from Ivy Tech campuses statewide.

“As the executive director of Middle Way House, Debra has dedicated her life to supporting and empowering others,” said Angela Maitland, nominator and assistant professor of criminal justice at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Her journey from once being a client of Middle Way House, and now the executive director of this important non-profit support organization, exemplifies the power of her spirit to overcome and to serve.”

Morrow earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice from Ivy Tech in 2006. Morrow went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana State University, where she was named Criminal Justice Student of the Year and graduated with honors.

“To see the evolution and personal growth of Debra from student to role model, mentor, and now community advocate serves as a testament to the positive role Ivy Tech plays in the lives of our students and the communities we serve, together,” said Maitland.

The Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given to recognize Ivy Tech Alumni. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on their community and on Ivy Tech through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.

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.