What happened to Ivy Tech Chancellor Kaye Walter?

Dateline: Thu 26 Apr 2012

That's the headline from the online version of Monday's Star on the woman who was chancellor for academic affairs for the central Indiana region of Ivy Tech. That's an important position.

The story, by William J. Booher, was printed in paper version Tuesday on readers' doorsteps, but the question raised is never answered.

From Booher's article:

"It was not clear today why Walter was no longer in the position. Indianapolis attorney Kevin Betz, who said he was hired today by Walter, said “no comment” when asked the reason for her not continuing in that role."

My source says Walter was ousted from her job because "it seems Kaye had been voicing disapproval of the school's 4 percent graduation rate. That met with the disapproval of the powers that be and Kaye was told she wasn't 'fitting in.'"

The source explains that previous administrators who had been let go were kept on payroll and told they had long periods to find new employment.

"Not Kaye. She was told, then escorted immediately out of the building by security." Hence the hiring of attorney Betz.

As troubling as this is -- the Ivy Tech administration and board are rife with politics and politcal ties, with House Speaker Pat Bauer playing a lucrative conflict-of-interest role as a vice president -- even more disturbing is the Star's inability to get at the story.

News has been non-existent lately. The Star is increasingly relying on soft features to carry its page 1 and metro/state section.

Thanks for my source for doing reporting.

Here's the link to Booher's story:



hendy [Member] said:

It's been a political football for a long time. Why change it now?

2012-04-26 14:39:38

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

We need a solid community college system. We don't have one. Ivy Tech is trying to become that. They now tout themselves as the nation's largest community-college program. Which they're not, and never were, and never will be. Except in their own minds.

A maxim once uttered by Harrison Ullman: don't try to analyze a college adminisrator's motives. You'll go dizzy.
They breathe rarified air, and then they build up fiefdoms to protect their kingdoms. Bauer is paid-off because he's powerful. Bob Garton was given a job for years for the same reason. Their motives are ecumenical and bipartisan, and expensive.

It won't wash because they let anyone in. If you've got a pulse, you're a student.

If they'd stick to the job-trainign mission for which they were founded, there's plenty of room for them. And a solid need.

Sounds like this woman dared to utter the truth. Pity for her future.

We need some solid reporting on this. Abdul, where are you? Uh, wait a minute......

2012-04-27 07:40:43

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

4 percent graduation rate!? Is that true? If so, I am honestly astounded and appalled.

As usual, Ruth, you hit the nail on the head with the current sad sack state of The Star.

2012-04-27 12:41:42

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

We can be mad about the Star's poor coverage. It's a private entity.

We ought to be brunign down the Statehosue about Ivy Tech. It's state money.

Being poorly-managed.

2012-04-27 13:42:23

guy77money [unverified] said:

Wow 4 percent graduation rate, that is disgusting! TTT I like your Abdul reference, for those not in the know he teaches some sort of law class at Ivy Tech. Lets hope it has to do with Para Legal studies because I wouldn't see any other use for a law class at Ivy Tech.

2012-04-27 21:40:01

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