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Thomas J. Snyder serves as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the largest institution of higher education in Indiana and the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system.

President Thomas J. Snyder

Appointed in 2007, President Snyder leads the strategic, academic and operational processes of Indiana's largest and fastest growing college, serving more than 175,000 students annually at 32 campuses and 100+ learning centers that provide a full-spectrum of educational resources, transfer credits, associate degrees, workforce assessments, training and professional certification.

Snyder was selected by President Barack Obama to serve on the College Promise Advisory Board in September 2015, which brings together luminaries and leaders to share best practices and ideas for models to make community college free and to serve as a way for those leaders to recruit more of their peers to join the cause.

The independent College Promise Advisory Board is chaired by Dr. Jill Biden, Vice-Chaired by former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and directed by former Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter. 

Both Snyder and Ivy Tech Community College were recognized by Obama when he visited Ivy Tech in February 2015 to promote the America’s College Promise initiative.  During his remarks at Ivy Tech, Obama stated that Ivy Tech is “one of the best (schools) in the country, not just in the state of Indiana.”  His town hall meeting with leaders and students detailed the value and necessity for higher education and that community colleges serve as the best way to provide that pathway to success.

Snyder was also selected by President Obama to serve on a Roundtable on Affordability and Productivity in Higher Education at the White House in December 2011.

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