Meet the Ivy Tech Terre Haute Deans

Kim Cooper, Dean
School of Nursing

Kim Cooper’s nursing career began in acute care where her roles included staff positions, patient / family educator, and nursing care manager.  She received both her baccalaureate and Master of Science Degrees in Nursing from Indiana State University.  In 1999, she joined the faculty at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute as a practical nursing instructor.  During her tenure at the college, she opened the campus’ Associate of Science Nursing program and the state’s first Paramedic to ASN program.  She has held the role of program chair and later department chair for the Practical Nursing and Associate of Science nursing programs. Since 2010, she has been the Dean of the School of Nursing at the Terre Haute campus.  In addition to program management, Kim continues to teach courses in the nursing program.  Kim is a member of the statewide Nursing Executive Committee, holding the position of chair.  She offers her experience and mentoring as an ex official participant in the statewide Nursing Curriculum Committee.  At the campus level, she is a member of the Diversity Committee, 1st Generation College Committee, and the Student Retention / Student Success Committee. Within the Terre Haute area she is a member of advisory boards for agencies focused on health and education.  She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Indiana State Board of Nursing.  Duties with this group include oversight and accreditation of the state’s programs of nursing as well as licensure and discipline of the more than 200,000 nurses in Indiana.  She is serving in her second term and is currently president of the group. She has extensive experience in the review and development of educational materials for nursing.  She is a co-author of a series of textbooks geared for the LPN / LVN.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, reading, swimming and gardening.  She is a member of a graduate chapter of a sorority with a focus on community programs to assist others. She resides in Terre Haute with her husband Anthony and daughter Jaelyn.

Dr. Leslie Stultz, Dean
School of Arts, Sciences and Education

Dr. Leslie A Stultz is the Dean for the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education (ASE) on the Terre Haute campus of Ivy Tech Community College. Dr. Stultz began her 30 year career with Ivy Tech as a professor for English and Communication before moving into the Dean’s position in 2001.  The School of ASE offers to students the opportunity to pursue a degree or certificate in programs such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Communication, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. These and future programs for careers yet to be imagined will benefit from your charity on Giving Tuesday 2020.


Janet Trout-Swalls, Dean
School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain | School of Information Technology | School of Public Affairs and Social Services

With a background in sales and retail, Janet Swalls joined the Ivy Tech Community College faculty full-time in 1986 teaching in the Marketing program.  Over the years, she has held the positions of Business Administration Program Chair, Director of Outreach, and Dean.  Currently, Professor Swalls serves as the Dean for the School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain, the School of Information Technology and the School of Public Affairs and Social Services. Through the generosity of donors giving for equipment, scholarships, textbooks, space, etc., Professor Swalls has seen the lives of many students changed throughout the years.  Many students who would not have had the opportunity to complete a college education and gain employment mobility without the generosity of donors.  Your decision to participate in Giving Tuesday will continue to provide opportunities for students to improve their quality of life through education.

David Will, Dean
School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences

David J. Will, the Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute, IN since July 2010, has a Mechanical Engineer from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University.  David spent the first 10 years of his career in the Automotive Industry as a Tier I supplier of safety electronics with TRW in Marshall, IL.  During his tenure at TRW, he spent time as a Quality Engineer, Process Engineer, Program Manager for New Product Development, and the plant’s first Six Sigma Black Belt.  David left TRW in 2002 and took and job in Operations Management for Applied Extrusion Technology (AET).  He led the company in advance operations strategies in self-directed work teams and long term strategic planning while maintaining a strong safety culture.  David made a significant career change by accepting the Ivy Tech Wabash Valley’s Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences Dean position July of 2010.  In his current role as dean, he is responsible for planning, budgeting, scheduling, staffing, curriculum, instruction and other academic matters. David and his wife Julie have three children, Nathan, Jessica, and Tyler.  He volunteers his time on several pastoral ministries at St Patrick School & Church (athletic coach, Booster Club, Eucharistic minister, School Commission, and pre-cana instructor) and currently holds the Presidency for the Terre Haute Chapter of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board.

Julie Will, Dean
School of Health Sciences

Julie Will MSN, RN, has served as the Dean for School of Health Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College-Terre Haute campus for over eighteen years.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Indiana State University in 1996.  Her healthcare experience was initiated as a Registered Nurse at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1988.  She managed three nursing departments including pediatrics, intensive care nursery and well-baby nursery prior to her transition to academic health promotion.  She has served as a faculty member teaching nursing and health sciences classes during her tenure at Ivy Tech.  She currently focuses on eight health sciences programs (Paramedic Sciences, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Imaging, Medical Assisting and many work-force programs including Phlebotomy, Certified Nursing Assistants and Therapeutic Massage. She interacts with prospective and current students, faculty and community partners to ensure student experiences related to their health education is of the highest quality. Julie is a currently serves as the lead Health Sciences Dean for the statewide Ivy Tech system. She participates in the West-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (WCI-AHEC) advisory board and nursing advisory committees at ISU and St. Mary of the Woods.


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