Harrison College to Host Indiana State Superintendent

Dr. Tony Bennett to Address Employees on Future of Indianapolis Public Schools at Downtown Campus Oct. 18.

Indianapolis, IN, October 16, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Greg Reger, president of Harrison College’s Indianapolis Downtown campus (http://www.harrison.edu), has announced that the College will host Dr. Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Indiana, during an appearance on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Bennett will meet with Harrison College President Jason Konesco and speak to employees in the Common Space area on campus at 1:30 p.m. regarding future plans for the Indianapolis Public Schools.

Bennett assumed his position in 2009 and promised that under his leadership, “the academic achievement and career preparation of all Indiana students will be the best in the United States and on par with the most competitive countries in the world.” His aggressive goals include creating and promoting a statewide culture of academic excellence in which at least 90 percent of students pass both math and English/language arts sections of ISTEP+ and End-of-Course Assessments; 25 percent of all graduates receive a score of 3, 4 or 5 on at least one Advanced Placement exam, a 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam, or receive the equivalent of 3 semester hours of college credit during their high school years; and 90 percent of students graduate from high school.

“We are honored that Dr. Bennett has taken time out of his busy schedule to talk to our staff and faculty,” said Jason Konesco, president of Harrison College. “He has been focused and rigorous in his commitment to improve the quality of the K-12 education we provide to students in our public schools. We look forward to him discussing the changes he thinks are needed that will upgrade our state’s system and assist prospective students who want to attend Harrison College after high school graduation.”

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- For more than 20 years, Bennett has served Indiana’s school children and families as a teacher, coach and administrator. After nine years in the classroom as a science teacher, he began his career in administration, quickly developing a reputation as a gifted leader with a talent for school management, strategic planning and efficient budgeting.

- Bennett received his Ed.D. and Indiana Superintendent’s License from Spalding University. He earned his Certification in Secondary Administration and Supervision, a Master of Science in Secondary Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Indiana University Southeast.

- A native of Clark County, Ind., Bennett resides in Noblesville, Ind., with his wife, Tina, a former high school principal. He has four adult children and one grandchild.

- For more information, visit http://www.doe.in.gov/superintendent/biography.html.

About Harrison College:
Harrison College is a contemporary, career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 6,000 students throughout the United States and internationally, with 12 campuses in Indiana and Ohio, a culinary school in Indiana and one in North Carolina, and courses online at Harrison.edu. The institution grants associate and bachelor’s degrees across five schools of study: business, health sciences, information technology, criminal justice, and veterinary technology, as well as its culinary division, The Chef’s Academy. Harrison College offers students a variety of learning environments including online, traditional classroom or a combination of both. Accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Harrison College is dedicated to excellence in higher learning and is currently a candidate with The Higher Learning Commission, an affiliate of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). Harrison College was founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College and has a rich history of preparing students for success in their chosen profession. For more information, visit http://www.harrison.edu.

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