Editor’s note: This is a bit of a shocker. I thought things were going well for Dr. Dunn in Indy. I’m guessing that the harsh cold snap beginning 2010 might have contributed to Dr. Dunn’s decision to be closer to Florida.
I wish him well and hope that his replacement will be as ambitious as Dr. Dunn (especially about expanding in Hendricks County!).
Press release from Ivy Tech follows.
Ivy Tech Community College announced today that Dr. Hank Dunn, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Indianapolis campus, has accepted the position of President of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina.
Dunn was selected unanimously today by the College’s Board of Trustees. He will begin his new job March 1.
“It is with a combination of joy and sorrow that I announce I will be leaving Ivy Tech Community College,” said Dunn. “It has been a great pleasure and joy of mine to work side by side with the Ivy Tech team as we provide higher education opportunities to the citizens of Indiana. The successes of this community college have been well documented and it has been a pleasure to be part of this success story in Indiana. I have watched Asheville-Buncombe Tech for years. It too is a great school with many existing programs that have created exceptional student successes.”
Dunn, 57, has served as Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Indianapolis campus since July 2006.
“Hank has made a tremendous impact during his time at Ivy Tech, growing the Indianapolis campus from just 14,500 students to more than 24,000 students currently,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech. “He has created a legacy of greatness here at Ivy Tech, and I’m sure he will do the same at Asheville-Buncombe.”
While at Ivy Tech, Dunn also built strong ties with the local school systems and the business community, adding an early admissions program that allows high school students to earn up to 30 hours of credit through dual enrollment courses and creating college readiness centers that assess and prepare students to enter college.
Under his leadership, Ivy Tech more than doubled the revenue generated through its Workforce and Economic Development division, which provided training services to more than 200 employers in the Central Indiana region in the past fiscal year.
Dr. Kathleen Lee, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Indianapolis Campus, wills serve as acting chancellor. A search committee will be formed to find a replacement for Dunn’s position.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest, singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.