Ex-Ivy Tech chancellor to lead New Jersey community college

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Officials have picked a former chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana to lead New Jersey's largest community college.

B. Kaye Walter will become president of Bergen Community College on Monday. The former chemistry professor, who had served as chancellor of academic affairs for the central Indiana region of Ivy Tech until her sudden departure this spring, will be paid a base salary of about $185,000, with allowances for housing, moving expenses and other benefits.

Ivy Tech said Tuesday that it was replacing Walter with Kathleen Lee, who has worked at Ivy Tech for 27 years, most recently as interim chancellor for the central Indiana region. The central Indiana region is Ivy Tech's largest and includes about 30,000 students in the Indianapolis area.

Lee was formerly Ivy Tech's vice chancellor of academic affairs and served in several health care-related leadership roles at the school prior to that position.

In New Jersey, Walter will replace acting President Jose Adames, who took office after the previous president, G. Jeremiah Ryan, was fired.  Ryan drew criticism from county politicians and faculty.

Board of Trustees chairman E. Carter Corriston told The Record newspaper the board was looking for experience and the ability to work with faculty, unions and administrators.

Bergen Community College has about 17,000 students.

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