GARY--Indiana University alumni Jose Guadalupe Valtierra, J.D., has been appointed the new chancellor for Ivy Tech State College Northwest. Effective as of April 16, 2002., Valtierra will be responsible for overseeing the administration of the college's four campuses located in Gary, East Chicago, Michigan City and Valparaiso.
Valtierra's professional career in education spans more than 20 years. He received both master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs (1984) and law degree (1982) from Indiana University - Bloomington. He also completed work toward a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at IU.
Valtierra has worked in the field of education for the past twenty years. While a graduate student, he served as a residence assistant at Ashton Center and assistant coordinator at Foster Quad. After graduation, he was employed as an academic advisor for IU Groups program and program coordinator and research assistant in the School of Education. He was named assistant director for the Purdue University-Calumet Upward Bound program in 1988 and then director from 1990 - 1995.
Valtierra joined Ivy Tech in 1995 and was appointed director of student affairs. He was appointed regional dean in 2000. While performing his functions as dean of student affairs, Valtierra served concurrently for one year as the college's acting dean for academic affairs.
Recognized for his leadership skills and professional expertise, Valtierra has facilitated and chaired numerous state and national educational conferences and workshops and consulted for the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has written for several professional publications and served as a conference presenter.
Valtierra has been an active member of many College and community related boards of directors and committees. His community affiliations include the Council for Opportunity in Education, Latin American Community Alliance for Support and Assistance (LACASA), Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), and the Indiana University School of Education Alumni Association Board of Directors. Valtierra is also an attorney member of Indiana State Bar.
As chancellor of Ivy Tech's northwest region, Valtierra said he will continue to form partnerships with educational institutions, businesses, industries and community organizations throughout Northwest Indiana in an effort to broaden residents' access to education and career opportunity.