Renamed Indy College Gets First Provost

An Indianapolis native has been chosen to serve as the first provost and chief academic officer at Harrison College, formerly known as Indiana Business College, the school said today.

Dennis A. Trinkle has held numerous leadership and faculty positions at DePauw University, Valparaiso University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Indianapolis. He also has led information technology, marketing and venture capital enterprises in Indiana and Ohio.

Most recently, Trinkle has served as executive director of IHETS, a consortium of Indiana’s higher education institutions, state government agencies, public libraries, public broadcast stations and K-12 schools.

Enjoying the same enrollment boom caused by an sour economy, the 107-year-old college saw a 58 percent increase in new students from April 2008 to April 2009.

More than 5,000 students are enrolled online and at 12 Indiana campuses – in Anderson, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis (downtown, east and northwest), Lafayette, Marion, Muncie and Terre Haute – plus The Chef’s Academy in Indianapolis and a new campus in Columbus, Ohio.

“We’re going to take something that’s already great and make it even greater,” Trinkle said. “This is a college with a 93 percent placement rate for graduates, which is much higher than typical. By applying that kind of leadership to other areas, we can do incredible things.”

Harrison is based at 550 E. Washington St. (

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