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Ivy Tech system to add up to 200 teachers

New provost announces new hiring plan to keep pace with surging enrollment

Associated Press
January 6, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College’s newly hired academic provost plans to hire up to 200 new full-time instructors to keep pace with the 23-campus system’s surging enrollment.

Donald S. Doucette, a 30-year veteran of community colleges who currently works in Kansas City, was appointed Friday by Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder.

He said his top priority will be raising the school’s ratio between full-time and part-time instructors once he takes his post in Indianapolis on March 1.

“There aren’t many times in your life when you get the opportunity to join a leadership team like this one to help build a community college system,” he said.

“For me, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Ivy Tech serves more than 110,000 students a year, with the number of classes taught by full-time faculty roughly 40 percent.

Snyder wants to lift that number to 50 percent, which will require the college to land about 200 additional full-time teachers.

During the past few years, Ivy Tech Community College has expanded dramatically as political leaders have come to realize the importance of a statewide system.

Supporters see a strong community college option alongside public schools and four-year colleges as a must to provide workers for Indiana companies.

Doucette’s appointment completes a rapid reorganization of Ivy Tech’s top administrators.

Snyder, who’s still in his first year as president, has put in place three top vice presidents to help him develop Ivy Tech.

They are Doucette, who will oversee academics; former Indiana Black Expo CEO Joyce Rogers, who is tackling fundraising; and former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks, who’s in charge of legal matters and strategic development.

Snyder said Doucette was chosen over about 20 candidates in a nationwide search.

“I think we got someone with world-class credentials,” he said.

Doucette has served as vice chancellor for education and technology at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City since 1993, managing academic programs, services and technological infrastructure for the multi-campus community college.

Doucette said he believes in the mission of community colleges. He said that access to education is the driving force behind its success.

He wants Ivy Tech to continue to improve on its role as a college that can prepare people for skills needed to enter the work force immediately — or to provide the first two years of a more formal education as a gateway into one of the state’s four-year universities.

Doucette recently returned from Haiti, where he helped launch the first community college in the impoverished Caribbean nation — the Business and Technology Institute of Les Cayes.