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Ivy Tech announces retirement of Dean of the School of Health Sciences after 40 years of service

IDS Reports | November 17, 2010

Ivy Tech Community College officials of the Bloomington campus announced Wednesday that Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Dean of the School of Health Sciences will retire Dec. 31, after working 40 years with Ivy Tech.

“Kay deserves singular credit and recognition for the development of the Ivy Tech Bloomington nursing program,” John Whikehart Chancellor of the  Bloomington campus said in a press release. “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.”

Leach began working at Ivy Tech in 1970 as an instructor and was appointed to be the chairwoman of the program in 1987. She was appointed to the Indiana State Board of Nursing by then Governors Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon.

Leach was awarded the Ivy Tech President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction in 1987 and 2004.

During her career with Ivy Tech, Leach has graduated 2,270 nurses and will have presided over 88 nurse pinning ceremonies at Ivy Tech when she retires.

She has a pass rate of higher than 95 percent for the State Board Exams since the beginning of the program.

“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.”

— Brooke Lillard

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