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Ivy Tech Community College's Northwest region serves Lake, LaPorte, Porter, Pulaski, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties, and is the largest college/university in northwest Indiana. Campuses are located in East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City and Valparaiso. We also have satellite locations in Crown Point and LaPorte.

We offer traditional, face-to-face courses and distance learning opportunities. Students choose from a variety of technical certificates and associate degrees. To learn more about our academic programs, click here.

Chancellor's Welcome | Regional Administration | Northwest Board of Trustees 


Chancellor’s Welcome

Chancellor Thomas G. Coley


On behalf of the trustees, faculty, staff and students of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, I welcome you to our regional pages of the Ivy Tech website.

It’s an exciting time for Ivy Tech–both statewide and regionally.  Our enrollment is growing and we continue to introduce new academic programs and workforce training designed specifically to provide Hoosiers with the training and skills necessary to build successful careers.

Never before has a college degree, certification or industry-recognized certification been as valuable as they are today.  Ivy Tech is literally changing the lives of each and every one of our students.  We are dedicated to student success with a strong focus on supporting our students from application to completion/graduation.

I'm confident that you'll find that Ivy Tech can meet your education and training needs.  I wish you the best of luck in your college experience.

Thomas G. Coley, Ph.D.

Northwest and North Central Regions


Regional Administration


Thomas Coley Chancellor 574-289-7001 5706 tcoley@ivytech.edu
Marlon Mitchell Campus President - Gary 219-981-4404   mmitchell144@ivytech.edu
Louie Gonzalez Campus President - East Chicago 219-392-3600 3229 lgonzale@ivytech.edu
Aco Sikoski Campus President - Valparaiso 219-476-4715   asikoski@ivytech.edu
Peter Linden Campus President - Michigan City 219-879-9137   plinden@ivytech.edu
Cindy Hall ED Resource Development 219-476-4710   cjhall@ivytech.edu
Lisa Shaffer VC Enrollment, Marketing & Communications 574-289-7001 5308 lshaffer22@ivytech.edu
Margaret Semmer VC Academic Affairs &
Student Success
219-981-4952 or 574-289-7001 ext. 5354   msemmer1@ivytech.edu
Randy Maxson ED Institutional Effectiveness 574-289-7001 6854 rmaxson@ivytech.edu
Mick Valeris ED Computer &
Technology Services
574-289-7001 5336 mvaleris@ivytech.edu
Andrew Williams Interim ED Finance & Administration 574-289-7001 6807 awilliam@ivytech.edu
Mike Popielski Interim ED Human Resources 574-289-7001 5411 mpopielski@ivytech.edu



Northwest Board of Trustees


Timothy Stoner
Owner, Stoner Woody-View Farm
Chair - Agriculture

Stewart McMillan
CEO, Task Force Tips, Inc.
State Trustee

Frank Cardello
Vice President of Operations/CFO
Packaging Logic, Inc.
Member - Manufacturing

Andrew Kyres
Vice President, Business Banking Center
First Financial Bank
Member - Commerce

Heather McCarthy
Attorney, Anthony DeBonis & Associates
Member - At-Large

Janet Seabrook, M.D.
Executive Director, Community HealthNet
Member - At-Large

Peter Trinidad, Sr.
President, United Steelworkers (USW), Local Union #6787
Member - Labor

Charles Weaver
Executive Director, Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
Member - ​At-Large


Board meetings are usually held the third Wednesday, every other month, beginning at 8:30 am CST.
Meeting locations will be announced at least one week prior to the meeting.

2018 Meeting Dates

January 17, 2018 (Michigan City)

2017 Meeting Dates

January 18, 2017 

March 15, 2017

May 17, 2017

July 19, 2017

September 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

2016 Meeting Dates

January 20, 2016 - (Crown Point-Merrillville Center) Minutes

March 30, 2016 - (Gary) Minutes

July 20, 2016 - (Gary) Minutes

September 21, 2016 - minutes pending approval

November 16, 2016

2015 Meeting Dates

January 30, 2015 (Valparaiso) - Minutes

March 18, 2015 - Rescheduled for Wednesday, April 15 (Gary) - Minutes

July 15, 2015 - (East Chicago) - Minutes

September 16, 2015 - (Gary) - Minutes

November 18, 2015 - Minutes