Press release from Ivy Tech Community College Southeast
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D)
(Hanover, Ind.) – U. S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana will speak May 12th at the Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Commencement, which will be held in the Collier Arena of the Horner Health and Recreation Center at Hanover College. Seven hundred fifty-eight (758) students will be eligible to receive degrees or certificates. The program begins at 1:00 p.m.
Donnelly, prior to his election as a U. S. Senator, was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2006 and was twice reelected. No stranger to education, he served on the Mishawaka Marian High School Board of Education, including as president from 1997 to 2001. Prior to running for public office he owned a small business and practiced law. He also served on the Indiana State election Board in 1988 and 1989.
Donnelly earned a B. A. degree in 1977 and a J. D. degree in 1981 from the University of Notre Dame. He and wife, Jill, reside in Granger, Indiana, where the couple raised two children, Molly and Joe, Jr.
This year the College will celebrate the largest graduating class in its history as an estimated 16,700 credentials will be awarded at its 14 commencement ceremonies. In addition to earning credentials Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state.
This year marks the College’s 50th anniversary and in celebration of the historic landmark, Ivy Tech statewide is awarding over 50 honorary degrees. The Southeast ceremony will include the presentation of honorary degrees to three area civic leaders. They are William “Bill” Gutzwiller of Batesville, Albert G. “Al” Huntington of Madison, and Peter “Pete” Resnick, Lawrenceburg.
A retired general contractor, Gutzwiller is part owner and past president of Bruns/Gutzwiller Contracting. From 1965 to 2000 he was a past president of Ripley County Beverage Company and from 1966 to 1995 was a board member and past chairman of the board of the Batesville State Bank. He is a board member and past president of the Batesville Chamber of Commerce, a member and past president of the Batesville Zoning Board and Planning Commission, and a member and two-term past president of the Associated General Contractors of Indiana.
Gutzwiller is a long-time advocate of Ivy Tech Community College. He is a recurrent financial contributor to the College and helps guide Ivy Tech’s financial resource efforts as a board member of Ivy Tech Foundation, a position he has held since 1991. Gutzwiller is a former State Trustee of the College, having served in 1995. A graduate of Purdue University, Gutzwiller was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash and with a Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility within the Industry award presented by the Associated Contractors of Indiana.
Huntington served as the Mayor of Madison for thirteen years (1995-2007) after serving seven years on the Madison City Council. A native Madisonian and a graduate of the Indiana University School of Business with a B. S. in Business Administration, he is a member of numerous civic and charitable organizations. In 1997 Huntington received the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and in 2000 was recipient of the American Hometown Leadership Award. Local 19 of the AFSCME presented Huntington with its community service award in 2001. In 2006 Huntington received the Russell G. Lloyd Award for distinguished service, the highest honor the Indiana Association of Cities and towns gives to an elected official.
Huntington has been a strong advocate of Ivy Tech Community College, at one time serving as an adjunct faculty member. He was campaign cabinet co-chair during Madison’s successful 2002 $1.2 million capital campaign and avidly supported the construction of a new campus at Madison.
From 1993 to 2012 Resnick served as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Dearborn County Hospital, a 77-bed care facility in Lawrenceburg. Prior to his service at Dearborn County Hospital, Resnick was chief executive officer for a consulting firm that specialized in hospital reorganizations, was for nine years the Vice President and Chief Operating Office at the Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, and spent six years as the Assistant Executive Director of Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. Resnick is active in professional and civic organizations, is a member of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Board of Direcgtors, and is treasurer of the Dearborn County economic development initiative.
Under Resnick’s leadership Dearborn County Hospital, since 2004, provided a ten-year commitment of $500,000 to assist in the development of the Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Lawrenceburg campus. In addition, Resnick and Dearborn County Hospital remodeled and equipped two rooms in a nearby clinic for College us as a Fundamental Skills Laboratory. Dearborn County Hospital has offered scholarships directly to Ivy Tech students from Lawrenceburg and Madison and responded to a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge provided by Dearborn Community Foundation by partnering with other philanthropic organizations to establish an endowed scholarship restricted to Ivy Tech Community College students who reside in Dearborn County. Resnick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Parsons College and a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University.
The College was created by the Indiana Legislature as Indiana Vocational Technical College and within a half century has become the state’s largest public post-secondary institution as well as Indiana’s most affordable college or university. Ivy Tech is the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech Southeast serves Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson Counties as well as bordering areas in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Two days after the May 12 Southeast Commencement (May 14) a newly acquired, renovated state-of-the-art building at Batesville will be dedicated. Ivy Tech Southeast, with campuses at Madison, Lawrenceburg and Batesville, now boasts regional facilities that compare favorably with all other Ivy Tech regions.
The College serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the local community needs along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. Ivy Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.