BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart announced at a community reception honoring his retirement today that effective with this spring semester the Bloomington campus’ School of Nursing program will be named the “Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing” in honor of Marchant’s service to the College, regional Bloomington campus, nursing and health academic programs, and students.
“I’m pleased that Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder agreed that this was an appropriate and fitting recognition of Lee Marchant’s service and dedication to the College,” said Chancellor Whikehart. “I am pleased that Tom permitted me to do this as one of my final official acts as Chancellor.”
Marchant has a legacy of changing lives at Ivy Tech Community College. He has served on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors for more than 21 years, since July 1992. He was elected and served as its Chair from November 1, 1998 through October 31, 2000. Marchant has also served on the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees for more than 6 years, including service as its chairman. He was appointed by Governor Mitch E. Daniels to serve on the State Board of Trustees on July 27, 2007.
Marchant established two endowed nursing scholarships at Ivy Tech-Bloomington: The Gerald I. Lamkin Distinguished Scholar in Nursing; and the Kay Leach LPN Endowed Scholarship. Between the two scholarship funds, 39 financial awards have been granted to Ivy Tech-Bloomington nursing students.
Marchant was also instrumental in the launch of the certified nursing assistant program at the Bloomington campus, and has been asked to work at the system level with the potential development of a nursing baccalaureate program.
He was named Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s Benefactor of the Year in 2013.
When asked, Ellen Clancy, School of Nursing Alumna said of Marchant, “People like him make the dream of going back to school possible.”
Ivy Tech-Bloomington will move its School of Nursing into the former Pain Real Estate Building located at 101 N. Daniels Way during the summer, and will be open to students by Fall Semester 2014. The Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing building includes classrooms, lab spaces, and faculty offices. In late spring, a building dedication will take place.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) 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.