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Ivy Tech announces retirement of Celinda Kay Leach after 40 years of service with the college

November 17, 2010

Bloomington, Ind. Officials at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus announced today that Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Dean of the School of Health Sciences will retire on December 31, 2010 after 40 years of service with the college.

"Kay deserves singular credit and recognition for the development of the Ivy Tech Bloomington nursing program,” John Whikehart Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus said. “When I came to the Bloomington campus in 2001, this community made clear that our nursing program, led by Kay, was the cornerstone of Ivy Tech’s reputation and success. I always tell the graduates at the practical nursing pinning ceremony that we will undoubtedly need a nurse in the future, and when we do, we can be confident that they were guided along their quest to become a nurse by Kay’s steady hand and leadership.”

Leach began her career with Ivy Tech Community College in 1970 as an instructor and was appointed program chair in 1987. She was appointed by both Governors Bayh and O’Bannon to the Indiana State Board of Nursing and served as President. In 1987 and 2004 she was awarded the Ivy Tech President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

In 2009, Lee Marchant, chairman of Ivy Tech state trustees and his wife Annie presented a $10,000 oversized check for the Celinda Kay Leach LPN Endowed Scholarship during a nurse pinning ceremony, in honor of Leach’s service to the college, students, and community.

“Kay has dedicated her life to graduating quality nurses and to providing the best patient care,” Lee Marchant, Chairman of the Ivy Tech state board of trustees said. “Kay truly has made a difference in the lives of her students while ensuring that each of them achieved their educational goals.”

Leach has graduated 2,270 nurses and will have presided over 88 nurse pinning ceremonies at Ivy Tech. She has been with the college as it moved regionally to four different locations, grew from one program to many, and from a few students to more than 6,500.

“I would like to congratulate and thank Kay for her 40 years of service with Ivy Tech Community College,” Connie Ferguson, Chair of the Ivy Tech Bloomington regional board of trustees said. “Kay’s focus on quality instruction at Ivy Tech has maximized the impact of the college’s contributions to the communities we serve.”

The nursing program, under Leach’s leadership, has a 100 percent job placement for graduates going into the field of nursing. She has a more than 95 percent pass rate for State Board Exams since the start of the program. Most notably the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus nursing program had a 100 percent pass rate for the 2008 State Board Exams.

“I would like to personally thank Kay for her dedication to student success and service to others,” Whikehart said. “What a powerful and unmatched contribution Kay has made to our community.”

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Practical Nursing program was developed in 1966 through the cooperative efforts of Bloomington Hospital, the public school system, and a grant from the Federal Government. Sponsorship was transferred to Ivy Tech State College in 1968.

The Ivy Tech Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.









Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H.