Posted on October 24, 2016 17:01
Ivy Tech Community College has selected Kathleen Mote as interim chancellor of its Columbus/Southeast Region.
Mote, who is president of the Ivy Tech Madison campus, fills the vacancy created by former chancellor Chris Lowery’s appointment as the college’s senior vice president of workforce alignment.
The interim appointment will last from 12 to 18 months, and Mote will continue to serve as president of the Madison campus.
The Columbus/Southeast Region has campuses in Batesville, Columbus, Lawrenceburg and Madison and has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students.
“It is truly a blessing to work side by side with so many dedicated colleagues who help change the lives of our students and their families,” Mote said. “I am humbled to have been selected to help lead these talented professionals in our region.”
Mote began her career with Ivy Tech as an adjunct professor of general education in 2009. In 2011, she became assistant professor and chair of the regional Criminal Justice program. She was promoted to associate professor in 2014, and in November of that year was named president of the Madison Campus.
Prior to Ivy Tech, Mote was a deputy prosecuting attorney in Marion, Jackson, and Jefferson counties. Mote was honored in 2014 as Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“Katie has proven to be a wonderful collaborator, pulling together the faculty and staff at the Madison campus to work alongside our community and K-12 education partners to help change the lives of our students,” Lowery said. “The commitment she exhibits each day to her students, faculty, and staff and to the southeastern Indiana region will be invaluable as Ivy Tech continues its work in meeting the workforce needs of our communities and increasing the levels of educational attainment throughout the state.”
Reporting to Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Mote will help cultivate a relationship between Ivy Tech and educational, business and community leaders.
Initiatives at the Madison Campus have resulted in Madison area high school students earning hundreds of college credits that can be used toward an Ivy Tech degree or guaranteed to transfer to any public university in Indiana.
During Mote’s tenure, enrollment at the Madison campus has increased. Madison has led the state through development of the Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) dual enrollment program where high school students taking college classes at Ivy Tech Madison complete the first year of college upon high school graduation. Enrollment of high school students in this program has increased from 22 in 2014 to 208 this fall.
During her tenure as campus president, she was among those in the Madison community spearheading manufacturing initiatives that have created career pathways for high school students.
Mote has also led efforts in a Skill Up grant with River Valley Resources, the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County and the Madison Correctional Facility (MCU) to provide offerings to eligible women at MCU, including a pre-release Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Certified Production Technician course that is the first in the nation for incarcerated women.
Mote has also helped launch summer academies in advanced manufacturing and healthcare for rising ninth grade students, introducing them to careers in those fields and the available opportunities within Jefferson County high schools to earn college credits, credentials, and industry-recognized certifications upon graduation.