Ivy Tech Chancellor Chad Bolser was awarded Educator of the Year for Higher Education during the annual Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce award dinner on Friday, January 19th. This award goes to an individual serving the higher education population in Wayne County with exceptional leadership, innovative techniques, and community involvement, and helps provide our community with a strong future workforce.

“Chancellor Chad Bolser embodies the qualities that make an outstanding leader in higher education. Under his guidance, Ivy Tech Richmond has become a beacon of innovation, inclusivity, and community engagement, offering unparalleled opportunities for students in Wayne County.”

– Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

Chancellor Bolser has revolutionized the teaching and learning process at Ivy Tech and has embraced digital platforms to ensure remote learning opportunities are accessible and effective. He is deeply involved in local initiatives and integrating education with public service. He has orchestrated strategic partnerships with local industries, ensuring that students graduate with the skills necessary to meet the community's workforce needs. He exemplifies the essence of this prestigious award.

"I am deeply grateful for our incredible community and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce for this prestigious award and their continued commitment to education. It is truly a testament to the collaborative spirit that defines our Ivy Tech campus. Together, let’s strive to empower and inspire this next generation of learners and members of our workforce.”

– Chancellor Chad Bolser

Congratulations to Chancellor Bolser and all the award recipients who are using their leadership skills, creativity, and dedication to nurture a thriving Wayne County community.


Ivy Tech is a diverse open-access college that fuels Indiana’s economy through excellence in teaching and proactive engagement with industry and community partners, embedded in a culture of innovation that empowers all students to learn and succeed.

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.