Ivy Tech Community College has announced the retirement of Southwest Chancellor Daniel L. Schenk, Ph.D.
Dr. Schenk has worked his entire 37 year professional career at Ivy Tech. He has held the positions of Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Director of Regional Business Affairs, and Chancellor.
Schenk has led the Southwest Region since 1990, which includes the ten-county service area of Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.
"Today, it is very uncommon for an employee to work their entire professional career at a single organization," Schenk said. "My family and I have been blessed with my great career at Ivy Tech. I am thankful for the many opportunities to make substantial contributions to the growth and success of our students and graduates."
During Schenk's time as Chancellor, the Southwest Region has celebrated a number of "firsts" including the development of the first statewide transfer programs with a local university, the first wellness center (The Welborn Foundation Wellness & Fitness Center), 15 new degree programs and more.
"In my 24 years as Chancellor I have been blessed with leadership opportunities supporting the development of partnerships among our regional secondary- and post-secondary partners," said Schenk. "Our efforts have resulted in the development of successful initiatives such as the creation of our International Studies Program."
Due to Schenk's support of local partnerships, the Region is now the first in the Ivy Tech system to be the host site for an early college program through the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. In addition, he has been a key member of the efforts which led to the signing of a Letter of Intent among the educational partners for the new IU Medical School – IU, UE, USI and Ivy Tech.
His retirement will be effective February 28.
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr. Mary Ann Sellars, will serve as the interim Chancellor for the region effective March 1, 2014.
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