Ivy Tech Announces New Chancellor at Valparaiso Campus  

Aco Sikoski

Ivy Tech Community College has named Aco Sikoski to serve as Chancellor of its Valparaiso campus as a part of the College’s organizational structure announcement. The new structure will better align with community needs at the campus level and empower campuses to be responsive and nimble in meeting local needs.

Prior to the change, multiple campuses reported to regional leadership, including the college’s Northwest and North Central regions reporting to a single chancellor, a role held by Dr. Thomas G. Coley. Valparaiso will now be a self-sustaining campus with Sikoski serving as the Chancellor. Prior to this role, Sikoski served as the Campus President of Valparaiso, which was part of the Northwest region.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as Chancellor of the Valparaiso campus,” said Sikoski. “Our local focus will allow us to even more effectively serve our students and align with workforce needs. I look forward to continuing to work with our faculty and staff on campus as they have launched some terrific programs and best practices that will only strengthen our dedication to our students and community.”

One such program was an academic advising model launched at the Valparaiso campus which is being replicated throughout campuses across the state.

Sikoski joined Ivy Tech in 1997, serving as professor, program chair, and dean of various programs. During his time as program chair and dean, he was involved in developing several technology and engineering programs, including the Energy Technology and Pre-Engineering Programs.

“We appreciate Aco’s dedication to Ivy Tech and the significant role he will play leading and growing our Valparaiso campus,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “He has held various leadership roles at Ivy Tech and this is the perfect next step for him.  He has done a wonderful job leading the campus and in this new structure, Aco will intentionally focus on community needs, continue to grow enrollment and meet workforce needs, and successfully serve our students.”

Sikoski completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kiril I Metodi in Skopje, Macedonia. He continued his education at Purdue University where he obtained his Master of Science in Engineering. He serves on the United Way of Porter County Board as secretary, the Portage Economic Development County Board as secretary, a member of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Valparaiso Rotary Club Board.

Sikoski serves on the advisory boards for the College of Technology at Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, and Porter County Career Center. He has also been the educational co-chair and chair of the curriculum committee of the Indiana Energy Consortium, a member of the Executive Board of Association of Technology Management and Applied Science, and a visiting team member.  Additionally, he served as a Co-PI on several National Science Foundation grants, including the Meeting Workforce Needs for Mechatronics Technicians grant and the Leadership Capacity Building for Manufacturing and Manufacturing-Related Programs grant.