Terre Haute, IN — Ivy Tech Community College has named Lea Anne Crooks to serve as Chancellor of its Terre Haute campus as a part of the College’s organizational structure announcement. The new structure will better align with community needs at the campus level and empower campuses to be responsive and nimble in meeting local needs.
Prior to the change, multiple campuses reported to regional leadership, including the college’s Wabash Valley region reporting to a single chancellor, a role held by Jonathan Weinzapfel. Terre Haute will now be a self-sustaining campus with Crooks serving as the Chancellor. Prior to this role, Crooks served as the Campus President for Terre Haute since 2014.
“I am honored to serve our students and community as Chancellor. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the great team at Ivy Tech who are dedicated to the important role we play in our community and in the lives of students in the Wabash Valley. It is a privilege to continue to serve with them in this new role.” Crooks said. “I have enjoyed many community friendships and partnerships during my tenure at Ivy Tech and look forward to expanding Ivy Tech’s impact on our community.”
Much of Crooks career at Ivy Tech has been spent working with Workforce Alignment, including as executive director. Crooks has also served as Executive Director of Human Resources, Assistant Administrator to the Vice President and Chancellor, and as an adjunct instructor. On two occasions Crooks also led the Terre Haute campus on an interim basis.
“We appreciate Lea Anne’s dedication to Ivy Tech and the significant role she will play leading our Terre Haute campus,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “She has held various leadership roles at Ivy Tech and this is the perfect next step for her. She has done a wonderful job leading the campus and in this new structure, Lea Anne will intentionally focus on community needs and successfully serve our students.”
Crooks is currently working on a PhD in Higher Education Leadership. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education.
She is active in the community and is a leader or board member of many organizations including: Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, United Way of the Wabash Valley, Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board, and many others.