Ivy Tech Community College Names Bowne Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Andrew Bowne named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ivy Tech Community College.Dr. Andrew Bowne named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ivy Tech Community College.

Muncie, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College named Dr. Andrew Bowne as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Bowne will begin this position on August 15, 2016.  He currently serves as the Chancellor for the East Central and Richmond regions.  An interim to fill Bowne’s position is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

In his new role, Bowne will be responsible for working with local chancellors on regional operations, statewide continuous improvement efforts and facilities planning work.  Plans will be underway in 2017 to begin strategic planning work and Bowne will help lead those efforts as well.

“We are thrilled that Andy will be joining our team in his new statewide role,” says Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann. “It was important to bring someone into this position that had Ivy Tech Community College chancellor experience.  His experience will bring another perspective to our overall efforts to ensure student success and aligning our offerings with the workforce needs across Indiana.  He will be a tremendous asset to the team.  ”

Bowne served as the chancellor of the East Central region since October 2012 and assumed leadership of the Richmond region in January 2014. The East Central region has campuses in Anderson, Marion, Muncie and Henry County (New Castle). The Richmond region has campuses in Richmond and Connersville. In his current role as bi-regional chancellor, he also serves as co-chair of the statewide Academic Redesign committee, and as a member of the Program Chair Summit committee, the Facilities and Design council and the Pre-Project Review committee.

“I am honored to be part of the Ivy Tech team in this capacity,” Bowne said. “My work with community colleges is incredibly fulfilling and Ivy Tech has presented me with a wonderful opportunity where I can utilize my experience and leadership to help fulfill the mission of the College. It is tough for me to leave the regional day-to-day and strategy level work where I began with the College, but working at this level has afforded me the experience I need to be successful in this role.”

During his nearly four year tenure with the regions, Bowne oversaw construction to implementation, the new Anderson 60th street location, new Henry County campus, and other major facility projects. The regions led the co-requisite remediation work for English and Mathematics, which led to higher pass rates for students and less remediation courses needed for incoming students. He is currently completing a Master Site Planning initiative that will lead to a better understanding of the local long-term needs across six campuses and extended learning sites.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Dr. Bowne served at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan as the Associate Vice President for College Advancement.   Before his leadership in the development function, he served as the Executive Director for Workforce Training and Economic Development.   In addition to his work in community colleges, he has worked in traditional economic development roles, as well as in workforce development leadership for manufacturing companies in West Michigan.

He earned both his Doctor of Education and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University with concentrations in Human Resource Development in 1999 and 1989, respectively.  His Bachelor’s degree is in Geography/Urban & Regional Planning.  He taught as an adjunct faculty member at Cornerstone University for twelve years, primarily in their graduate programs and is currently co-teaching a course at Ferris State University in the Doctor of Community College Leadership program.


About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  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.