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GRCC Announces Departure of Associate VP, Foundation Director Andy Bowne - Accepts Leadership Role in Indiana

September 12, 2012, Grand Rapids, MI - Grand Rapids Community College officials announced that Associate Vice President for College Advancement/GRCC Foundation Executive Director Andy Bowne, has accepted the position of Chancellor with Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central Region in Indiana. The move is effective October 8, 2012.

“We’re sad to see Dr. Bowne go, but I know that he has aspired to grow his career in community college executive leadership. Ivy Tech offers Andy a great opportunity,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder, announced the appointment on Tuesday in Muncie, Indiana.

“Dr. Bowne brings an extensive amount of experience in fundraising and workforce training, both of which will be instrumental in the development and growth of our East Central Region,” said Snyder. “We are pleased to have Dr. Bowne join our team as we build a world-class community college system in Indiana and create greater educational opportunities for all Hoosiers.”

Bowne joined GRCC in 2003 and has served in different capacities – from workforce development to his most recent position. “Shortly after I started working at GRCC, over nine years ago, I knew I’d spend the rest of my career in community colleges. Our unique role of serving a diverse population of students in workforce development, transfer education and associate degree offerings is incredibly exciting and rewarding,” said Bowne. “I’m thankful for my experience here at GRCC, and its incredible faculty, staff, and donors, but I’m also excited about the opportunity that awaits me at the East Central Region of Ivy Tech Community College.”

According to Dr. Ender, GRCC and the GRCC Foundation have experienced tremendous success, raising over $30.0 million in the past seven years, most recently $15.3 million through the GRCC Works…Ask Anyone Capital Campaign that concluded in September 2011. “In addition to the campaign efforts, during the past five years the GRCC Foundation has increased annual giving from $250,000 to over $600,000 annually,” added Dr. Ender.

Dave Custer, president of Custer Inc., is a 1967 GRJC alumnus and currently serves as the GRCC Foundation Board chairperson. “I’m really proud of the great work GRCC and the Foundation have done of engaging donors around the needs of the College and our students,” he said. “Andy’s departure will be felt, but we’ve got lots to do. Fortunately, we have an incredible Board of Directors and a highly capable staff that will continue our good work.”

“The search for our next executive director will begin in the near future,” Dr. Ender said. He announced the appointment of Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison, Kathryn Mullins, as the Foundation’s interim executive director in charge of daily operations, and Vice President of Finance and Administration, Lisa Freiburger, to handle the Foundation’s finances during this interim period.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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. Bowne will lead the college’s East Central region, which serves more than 9,000 students at three full-service campuses located in Anderson, Marion and Muncie, as well as other training and instruction sites located throughout the region. The East Central region serves students in the counties of Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison and Randolph counties.