New Ivy Tech Chancellor Leaving Batesville School Board
By Mike Perleberg
(Batesville, Ind.) – The president of the Batesville Community Schools Board of Trustees is stepping down after taking a job in higher education.
Chris Lowery informed the board of his resignation on Monday after 12 years on the school board, the Batesville Herald-Tribune reports.
Lowery, a former executive at Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc., was tapped last week by Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder to become the new regional Chancellor of the combined Ivy Tech Southeast and Ivy Tech Columbus regions. He begins his new duties on August 18.
“I have never been associated with a finer organization than those of you who are part … of the school corporation. I hold you in the highest esteem. I admire … and look in awe at what you do. I know how you love our students, how you would give your lives to our students,” Lowery said at the board meeting, according to the newspaper.
During Lowery’s tenure on the school board, Batesville Community Schools have consistently achieved some of the best test scores and graduation rates among southeast Indiana’s public school districts. He aided in establishing a program for Batesville High School students to earn college credit by taking classes at Ivy Tech’s Batesville campus.
The remaining school board members have 30 days to choose a fill-in for Lowery’s seat on the board. His term runs through 2016.