Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is pleased to welcome Elaine Rankin Novak as the college’s new dean for the schools of Business and Fine Arts & Design. She begins her role at the college Aug. 16.
Novak’s experience has taken her from Kansas and Texas to California, Central America and more. Ivy Tech marks the seventh community college system she has worked for, in addition to experience in a wide variety of fields, including marketing and management, state government, commercial real estate and the American Embassy.
Most recently, Novak served as Illinois Valley Community College’s dean for Career and Technical Programs. She was also a part-time faculty member, teaching software-based courses in business technology.
Novak completed her doctorate of education, in educational leadership, at Arkansas State University, where she also received a Specialist in Community College Teaching with an administration emphasis. Her master’s and bachelor’s degrees—in business administration and business education, respectively—are from Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kan. She has an associate of arts from Kansas City Kansas Community College.
As Ivy Tech Northeast’s business dean, Novak will oversee seven programs in the School of Business and one in the new School of Fine Arts & Design. As an educator, Novak prioritizes partnering education with the business community, she says. Her focus has long been assisting adults in their initial contact with higher education or with a second-career education path.