Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cathy Maxwell named president of Denver School of Nursing

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cathy Maxwell, Ed.D., was recently named president of the Denver School of Nursing in Denver. Her last day with Ivy Tech Northeast will be May 10, and she assumes her new role in Denver on May 16.


Maxwell has been with Ivy Tech Northeast for four years, where she has provided leadership and direction to all academic employees for the delivery and/or revision of academic programs and services. The accomplishments achieved under her leadership include the development and implementation of numerous new academic programs, in addition to specialized student programming and grant-funded initiatives that directly served the students of Ivy Tech Northeast. Her work with faculty included work on student retention and student success initiatives, all in concert with the mission of Ivy Tech Northeast.

During her time at Ivy Tech Northeast, some specific notable accomplishments include:

  • Working with Ivy Tech Northeast’s nursing program in taking a group of students to China to compete in an international skills competition.
  • Helping lead a statewide effort in creating a competency-based education program for the office administration program.
  • Developing the Ivy Career Advancement Program, which is a partnership between Ivy Tech Northeast and high schools in northeast Indiana focused on helping youth who are struggling to graduate and/or thinking of dropping out of high school.
  • Assisting in the development of a machine tool program offered on campus to high school students for dual credit.

“I am sorry to see Cathy leave, although I wish her well on this new endeavor,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “Cathy and her husband, Todd, have always wanted to live in Colorado, so the place along with the wonderful career opportunity are perfect fits for both of them.”

Previous to Ivy Tech Northeast, Maxwell served as vice president of Academic Affairs at Bauder College in Atlanta, where she was responsible for program and curriculum development, enrollment, retention and graduation management.


The College announced an interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. Kim Barnett-Johnson, dean of the University/Transfer Division, will serve as interim through July 31, 2016, or until the position is filled. During this time, Barnett-Johnson will serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Council at the region and will represent Ivy Tech Northeast at the Regional Academic Officers Council at the state level. Once a new vice chancellor for academic affairs is announced, Barnett-Johnson will resume her role as dean.

Barnett-Johnson has been with Ivy Tech Northeast for 15 years, beginning as a director of a program focused on student degree completion, through the mining of student records to identify students who were close to completing a degree or certificate. She then served as the interim dean for general studies prior to being appointed to the position of dean of general studies. She earned a doctorate from Indiana State University in 2009, a master’s degree from IPFW, and a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University.

Ivy Tech Northeast will be conducting a national search to fill the vacant vice chancellor position but will also consider the great talent within Ivy Tech and throughout Indiana. As with any search, the College plans to be thorough in order to find the best person for this critical position.

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