An Ivy Tech executive will be Indiana’s next higher education chief

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state commission that coordinates Indiana’s public postsecondary education system will soon have a new head.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education voted unanimously Thursday to hire Ivy Tech Community College executive Chris Lowery as the state’s seventh commissioner of higher education.

He will replace Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, who announced late last year that she would step down from the post she had held for about 13 years.

Lowery is Senior Vice President of Workforce, Careers and Adult Strategy at Ivy Tech Community College. In this work, he led the college’s workforce and career initiatives and organization.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that alignment between education and the workforce “is critical to making Indiana a leader in attracting and developing talent.

“Chris is uniquely positioned and experienced to continue to advance this vital work,” he added.

After Lubbers completes his service with the 14-member Higher Education Commission in late March, Lowery will assume the role of Indiana Higher Education Commissioner in mid-April.

The Commission on Higher Education was established in 1971 to plan, coordinate, and define Indiana’s postsecondary education system to align higher education with student and state needs.

It also administers Indiana’s financial aid programs, including the 21st Century Scholars Early College Promise Scholarship, which marked 30 years in 2020.

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