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Chris Lowery chosen to lead Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Chris Lowery was chosen by an unanimous vote to lead the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
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Chris Lowery was chosen by an unanimous vote to lead the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education unanimously voted Thursday to name Chris Lowery the new agency head.

Lowery comes to the job from the statewide Ivy Tech Community College network. He serves as senior vice president of workforce, careers and adult strategy.

In a statement, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Lowery’s experience sets him up to continue aligning education and workforce needs to develop and attract skilled workers to the state.

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Lowery will focus on the organization’s mission to increase enrollment in postsecondary education. The state has a goal of seeing 60 percent of the population complete some form of education or training beyond high school.

Current commissioner, Teresa Lubbers, will continue to work until March 31. She announced her plan to leave the agency and the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet earlier this year. Lowery will begin in April.

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Justin Hicks has joined the reporting team for Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) through funding made available by (IPBS) Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. Justin will be based out of WVPE in his new role as a Workforce Development Reporter for IPB News. Justin comes to Indiana by way of New York. He has a Master's Degree from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He previously earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University where he played trumpet. He first learned about Elkhart, Indiana, because of the stamp on his brass instrument indicating where it was produced.