INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and learning has chosen Chris Lowery as the state’s upcoming commissioner for increased instruction.
Lowery presently serves as senior vice president of workforce, professions and adult tactic at Ivy Tech Neighborhood College or university.
Lowery was unanimously voted to the place by the 14-individual commission next a national look for. Lowery succeeds Teresa Lubbers, who in November declared options to move down at the summary of the 2022 legislative session.
Lowery joined Ivy Tech in 2014 and prior to his function as senior vice president, he served as chancellor of the college’s Columbus and Southeast locations. He formerly led general public policy and engagement endeavours for Batesville-based mostly Hillenbrand Inc. (NYSE: Hello) and was an aide to former Governor Robert Orr and then-Senator Dan Quayle.
“Alignment among education and workforce is critical to earning Indiana a chief in attracting and creating talent,” Governor Eric Holcomb reported in a news release. “Chris is uniquely expert and positioned to continue on advancing this important do the job. He understands the position higher instruction ought to participate in in the abilities and capacity required for Indiana to contend in the world overall economy. I’m grateful he’s stepped up to consider on this most vital assignment.”
Through Lowery’s tenure at Ivy Tech, the college saw an 85% boost in completions involving 2016 and 2021. He also led the development and $15 million in fundraising for the Job Coaching and Employer Connections software.
“Indiana’s schools and universities supply considerably of the gasoline in phrases of instruction, schooling and investigate to aid unique expansion, investments and innovations of companies,” claimed Lowery. “By bringing alongside one another leaders from our larger education establishments, employers, K-12 companions, nonprofits, philanthropy, government and other stakeholders, we can blur the strains and increase the benefit proposition of greater instruction.”
The fee suggests Lubbers will keep on in her position right until the conclude of the thirty day period and Lowery will formally come to be the new commissioner in mid-April.