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Alliance board member named Ivy Tech's Benefactor of the Year


From Ivy Tech: 

Jean Neal, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Haynes International Inc. based in Kokomo, is among the 14 nominees for the Ivy Tech Foundation Benefactor of the Year award who were recognized Sept. 29 at the foundation’s annual awards dinner at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Neal was nominated for the award for her many contributions to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region.

The Ivy Tech Foundation has honored individuals, corporations, or foundations since 2010, and recognizes those who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. Great advances are possible at Ivy Tech through the support of the nominees through volunteer leadership and philanthropic service.

“The Kokomo Region is proud to have nominated Jean,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “Since 2007, Jean has donated to a variety of Ivy Tech needs, including capital campaigns, unrestricted funds, classroom renovations, and several scholarships. In 2015, Jean established the Neel Family endowed scholarship and since then has added to the fund.”

Neel also served on the Kokomo Regional Board of Trustees for nine years, including several years as its chairperson. She regularly attends many college events throughout the region and often brings her co-workers with her to learn about Ivy Tech.

“As a community college graduate and scholarship recipient herself, Jean learned first-hand how scholarship money can change lives,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “When she established the Neel Family Scholarship, she said, ‘This is my way of expressing gratitude for those who have helped me along the way and stepping up to do the same for others.’"

Karickhoff noted that Neel also has made a significant impact through her influence with her employer, Haynes International. During her time as a regional trustee, Haynes International contributed nearly $165,000 to Ivy Tech. The new library on the Kokomo Campus was named in honor of the company’s support. Additionally, the colleagues she brought to scholarship events have contributed an additional S5.000.

During its May 7 commencement ceremonies, Neel received an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree in recognition of her contributions to the College, its students and the communities served by Kokomo Region.