Carven Thomas appointed to Ivy Tech-Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees

June 27, 2013

Carven Thomas appointed to Ivy Tech-Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees 

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomes Carven Thomas, General Electric employee and President and Business Manager of the IBEW Local 2249 to its Regional Board of Trustees. The State Board of Trustees formally appointed Thomas to a three-year term at its meeting in Ft. Wayne, Ind. on June 6, 2013.

“When GE announced its plant closing a few years ago, Carven was instrumental in creating a partnership with Ivy Tech-Bloomington to set up a resource center for displaced workers,” Chancellor John Whikehart said. “We look forward to Carven’s service and the perspective he will bring to our regional board.”

Thomas has been employed by General Electric for 26 years and is serving his third term as the President and Business Manager of the IBEW Local 2249. He served as a member of the City Plan Commission appointed by Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, and he currently serves as a member of the YMCA Board. Thomas has also been a featured speaker at Indiana University Kelley School of Business for the last four years. Thomas graduated from Bloomington North High School in 1982. He and his wife, Lisa, has been married for 26 years and have three daughters, Rachel, 25, Nicole, 22, and Carli, 8.

Connie Ferguson, Chair of the Regional Board of Trustees, and Dr. James Touloukian, Secretary of the Regional Board of Trustees, were also re-appointed to three-year terms. The Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington Regional Board is Connie Ferguson, Judge Frank Nardi, Dr. James Touloukian, Jerry Lambrecht, Gary Chaplin, Geoffrey Grodner, and Carven Thomas.

About Ivy Tech Community College

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. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.