KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo professor will serve on a commission that oversees the state’s colleges and universities.
Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Kathy Parkison, professor of economics, to a two-year term on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), which started July 1.
“I’m very excited, and very interested in learning more about what is happening in higher education at the state level,” said Parkison, who was chosen from nearly 80 applicants for the appointment.
Parkison brings a strong background in accreditation and assessment, as well as expertise in economics, to the 14-member board.
She noted that she also brings a unique perspective as a faculty member from a regional campus.
“We serve a different student population, offering higher education to those who probably don’t have the flexibility to move to earn a degree,” she said. “It’s important that their voices be heard.”
ICHE defines the educational mission of public colleges and universities in Indiana. It reviews budget requests from public institutions, and approves or disapproves establishment of any new campuses, extensions, colleges or schools, or additions of new degree programs. It also makes funding recommendations to governing boards, the governor, and the state legislature.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated Parkison on the appointment.
“Kathy has been an outstanding teacher on our campus,” she said. “She cares deeply about student learning and success, and will make an impact in this position.”
The governor appoints all members, including nine representing a congressional district and three at-large members, who serve four-year terms; and a student representative and faculty representative, who each serve two-year terms.
Parkison began her IU Kokomo career in 1993, and has served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. She also is currently the campus assessment specialist.
She was a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Georgia in 2005, participating in a program meant to promote understanding between Americans and people from other countries. She’s also participated in Fulbright Association service trips, most recently serving in Albania in June.
Parkison also is an election monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, observing elections in Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Macedonia, Moldova, and Albania.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.