Chair, Board of Trustees
Chris Lowery is Senior Vice President, Workforce Alignment, of Ivy Tech Community College. Lowery provides overall leadership of Ivy Tech workforce alignment and development initiatives and organization. He develops deep collaborative partnerships with and engages state and federal workforce and economic development organizations, private sector organizations, business associations, and other groups pursuing workforce and economic development and training solutions for Indiana. Lowery makes certain Ivy Tech is playing a leading and collaborative role in the transformation of Indiana’s economy where employers have the skilled workforce necessary to compete successfully in the global economy and employees have the skills necessary to increase their productivity and income. Prior to serving as Senior Vice President, he served as Chancellor for the Columbus/Southeast Region of Ivy Tech Community College for two years.
Before coming to Ivy Tech, Lowery led Public Policy and Engagement for Hillenbrand, Inc. In this capacity, he had responsibility for corporate communications, public affairs, and government relations. Managing all external and internal communications for Hillenbrand, his focus was to ensure the corporate strategy of acquisitive and organic growth was effectively aligned in message across the enterprise. He also served as chair of the executive committee of Hillenbrand’s Charitable Contributions Committee. With Hillenbrand for 20 years, he served previously in a variety of management and leadership capacities at Hillenbrand’s Batesville Casket Company.
Prior to joining Hillenbrand, Lowery was Executive Director of the Association of Indiana Counties, an aide to former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr, and an aide to then-Senator Dan Quayle. While on the staff of Governor Orr, he was actively involved in supporting the A+ Program for Educational Excellence and received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Lowery is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sagamore Institute think tank. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. In addition, he serves on the national Board of Directors for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council in Washington, DC. An active supporter of Indiana University (IU), Lowery is a member of the Executive Council of the IU Alumni Association and the Distinguished Alumni Council of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has previously served as Chair of the Governor’s Works Council, as a member of the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council, and on various other boards.
Lowery and his wife Jerilyn, a high school English teacher and columnist, reside in Batesville and Indianapolis. Their children are Jarrod, a graduate of IU, who is a strategy consultant and business design manager for DoTankDo in Chicago, and Jordan Lowery Bergquist, a graduate of IU and a Second Grade Teacher in Batesville.