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Steven B. Combs, Ph.D. the chancellor for the Columbus, Indiana campus of Ivy Tech Community College. In this position he is the senior campus executive officer. He fosters community engagement/collaboration and is responsible for campus and instructional site operations in the Indiana counties of Bartholomew, Johnson, Jackson, Jennings, Decatur, and Shelby. Combs also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Purdue Polytechnic Columbus.
Before service as chancellor, he was the campus president for two years. Seven months prior, he was appointed the interim chancellor for the previous Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus/Franklin region while also serving as the vice chancellor for academic affairs, a role he held for two years prior. Two years earlier, he served as dean and professor for the School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette.
He is a 27 year military veteran and began his service as an airman in the United States Air Force as an automatic flight control specialist. During college, he transferred to the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp to obtain his federal commission. He retired from the Army Reserve holding the rank of Major having served as an armor officer and later an adjutant general corps officer.
Major Combs served on active duty for 2 years as the chief, command and control systems section at United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) where he supervised 18 contractors who maintained all secure enterprise level information technology systems. Upon his departure from USTRANSCOM he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his service.
Prior to his assignment at USTRANSCOM, he served 6 months on active duty as a chief, policy and plans for Joint Task Force - Alaska and studied the role of global warming and its impacts on national and strategic policy.
Before placed on active duty, he served as a department chair and professor for Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Ivy Tech Community College – Evansville. Prior to this appointment, he spent 8 years as the Evansville campus’ instructional technologist assisting faculty in the creation of compelling and media rich online course content.
Combs began his academic teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant and visiting lecturer at Murray State University. While pursuing his graduate degree, he also taught as an adjunct for Paducah Community College.
Combs’ doctoral qualitative research interest was in the area of faculty development and online course curriculum and development. He has co-authored over 19 AutoCAD and 3D Studio textbooks and workbooks. He uses his blog at stevencombs.com to maintain his technical writing skills; although he is the first to admit that he is his own worst editor.
He currently resides in Columbus with his wife Nikki who is an adjunct instructor who specializes in psychology and industrial and organizational psychology. She is a member of the adjunct faculty for Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Combined they have a daughter, Katherine, and two sons, Johnathan and Thomas. Their family pets include a 5 pound Chorkie named Loki and a 4 pound Chihuahua named Váli.