Statement issued Wednesday:
INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College announced today that Dr. Mary E. Ostrye has been selected to serve as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Ostrye will begin her new role in January and will replace Dr. Marnia Kennon who recently retired after more than two decades of service with the college.
As Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Ostrye will provide vision, leadership and direction of Ivy Tech’s more than 150 academic programs and concentrations at its 23 campuses statewide. She will also support innovation and excellence in teaching and ensure the college is providing challenging and relevant curriculum, as well as work with area colleges and universities to enhance transfer agreements.
"Ivy Tech is positioned to significantly impact Indiana’s global competitiveness by providing its populace with educational opportunities that meet varying individual needs. While keeping academic excellence at the forefront, I look forward to leading efforts that will expand our outreach to students and assure their success in meeting their educational goals," said Ostrye. "I am honored to have been selected to serve the college in this capacity."
Ostrye has been with the college since 1992 and most recently served as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the college’s Lafayette campus since 2005. During her tenure at the Lafayette campus she co-authored the Pathway Program, the first concurrent-enrollment program with Purdue University, and successfully articulated the first statewide degree programs with Purdue. She also designed and initiated the first early college program for high school students and the first faculty fellow program within the Ivy Tech system.
"Dr. Ostrye has demonstrated herself to be an innovative champion for our students. This position will allow her to have a wider impact to serve the residents of Indiana," said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus.
Prior to serving as Vice Chancellor, Ostrye served as Dean of the Schools of Health Sciences and Public Services at Ivy Tech’s Evansville campus where she was among the first faculty members on campus to teach distance education courses. She also implemented the first statewide paramedic science degree program, and successfully negotiated the first statewide transfer agreements in early childhood education and human services with the University of Southern Indiana.
"Mary has an extraordinary background and record of leadership and innovation in academic affairs," said Dr. Don Doucette, Senior Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College. "I’m very pleased that Mary will be joining our leadership team as we work to build a world-class community college system in Indiana."
Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, Ostrye served as an Assistant Professor/Acting Director of the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Southern Indiana, as well as a Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene at West Virginia Institute of Technology. In addition, Ostrye has served as a Section Representative for Health Care Professional Sales with Proctor and Gamble Distributing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ostrye is 52 years old. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University, a Master’s degree in Vocational-Technical Education from Marshall University, and a Bachelor’s of Science from West Virginia University.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest, singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled 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.