Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette has announced the retirement of Pat Corey, Executive Director of Resource Development. Corey has led the regional Ivy Tech Foundation office and fundraising efforts for the Lafayette region since 2005. She will step down at the end of April.
During Corey’s tenure, the Lafayette region raised $24.8 million for scholarships, capital projects and special programs. The region has the largest scholarship endowment within the Ivy Tech system. The Smith Scholars Associated Accelerated Program (ASAP) was established to allow students to complete an associate degree in less than one year. The recently completed Frankfort campus was built with the support of Clinton County businesses, industry and residents. Other programs developed through the generosity of benefactors include the McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards and McAllister Merit Awards, as well as the Arts in Education programs that allows Ivy Tech students to attend Purdue Convocations performances.
Corey has also been highly involved in The Intersection Connection, a multi-organization collaboration which is currently raising funds to build a new YMCA adjacent to the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus. The new facility will also house health services and Junior Achievement hands-on learning labs. To date the project has secured $12 million.
“Pat Corey’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “Her love for Ivy Tech and this community is both special and remarkable. She will certainly be missed, and her efforts are truly appreciated.”
Under Corey’s direction, the Lafayette region built a robust alumni program, including an Alumni Legacy Fund administered by alumni to support student experience grants. Corey developed Ivy Tech Lafayette’s first engagement function, coordinating efforts to recognize lifelong learning, serving on the original planning team for the area’s child abuse summits and Our Kids Committee, and helping Greater Lafayette earn recognition as one of the 100 Best Communities for Youth.
Corey was part of the executive team for the Western Indiana Sustainable Energy Resource (WISER) and served on the United Way Community Investment Committee, the boards of Historic Prophetstown and the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering, Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Quality of Life Committee, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the League of Women Voters.
Corey continues to lead development of Hometown2Hometown, a Greater Lafayette Commerce website designed as a portal for friends and relatives of Purdue’s international students and scholars and the international business community in Greater Lafayette. She has also helped Greater Lafayette become a U.S. Ignite community. In 2012, she traveled to Japan and China with the community’s trade delegation.
“It has been a privilege to work with such an incredibly generous and visionary community,” says Corey. “I am so grateful to Ivy Tech to have had the opportunity to serve both the college and the communities in our region in so many ways.”
“Pat has taken Ivy Tech’s fundraising and community partnerships to new levels,” said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Lafayette and Kokomo regions. “Her tireless efforts and commitment to not only the college, but also to the communities that it serves, have set a standard of excellence and integrity that is unmatched.”
“Pat has been an incredible senior development officer,” said John Murphy, President of Ivy Tech Foundation. “She is a ‘go to’ resource and her generosity in sharing knowledge is highly acclaimed. I will be forever grateful for the endless hours Pat has put forth on Ivy Tech’s behalf. She is the epitome of a selfless servant leader.”
Corey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived briefly in Indianapolis before moving to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with distinction from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University. She completed coursework for a Ph.D. in communication from Purdue before taking the post at Ivy Tech. Her research interests included rhetoric and philosophy of technology, and she taught public speaking, journalism, and society and technology. Corey co-developed and taught an undergraduate course in computing and ethics. Her prior professional experience included business management for a newspaper in Michigan, human resources management and information technology.
Corey and her husband, John, make their home in downtown Lafayette.
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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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.