Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette’s Director of Strategic Operations was a recipient of a 2023 Maury Cotter Leader of Change Award last month from the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), an international professional association that promotes innovation and collaborative networking in higher education among its more than 1,000 members worldwide. Andrew Muffett was recognized at NCCI’s annual conference, July 12–14 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Created in 2013, the recognition program identifies leaders of change throughout higher education, recognizes them for their accomplishments, and helps link them with their peers to leverage further the impact of their good work. This esteemed accolade recognizes Muffett's outstanding contributions to fostering innovation, driving positive change, and exemplifying leadership within the realm of higher education.

Leaders of change exist in each institution of higher education, however, given the diversity of roles that leaders play within the institutions, they often go unrecognized. The Leaders of Change Recognition Program identifies and celebrates these exceptional individuals whose efforts have resulted in significant impact in their institutions and beyond.

Upon receiving the award, Muffett expressed his gratitude, stating, 


"I am truly honored and humbled to receive the 2023 Maury Cotter Leader of Change Award from NCCI. Change is the cornerstone of progress, and I am fortunate to work in an institution that values and encourages innovative solutions to the challenges we face in higher education. This recognition is a testament to the collective efforts of the Ivy Tech community."

– Andrew Muffett

Muffett has been with Ivy Tech Community College since 2007. As Director of Strategic Operations, he serves as a strategic partner to leadership by providing updates and recommendations on critical initiatives and projects. He has served as the Lafayette campus Change Agent on a statewide team since 201X. He has been the campus lead for implementing the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) since 2022. “Andrew’s award is a testament to his transformative leadership, driving positive change across our campus,” said Aaron Baute, Ivy Tech Lafayette chancellor. “Through his exemplary 4DX efforts, he embodies a commitment to innovation and excellence.”

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.