For the Isaacs family, Ivy Tech Community College runs in their blood. Fritz, his wife, Lisa, and their children, Lauren and Jordan, all attended Ivy Tech at some point along their higher education journeys. But that is not where their family's story begins...
From elementary education to post-secondary and adult continuing education, Fritz' grandfather, C. Huston Isaacs, was a driving force for progress in every sector of the education field; making education attainable and sustainable for West Central Indiana communities.
After serving as the Director of Vocational-Technical Adult Education for the Vigo County School Corporation, Isaacs became the fist Dean and Director of Indiana Vocational Technical College (known today as Ivy Tech Community College) in 1967. He was selected for the position by the College's inaugural Board of Trustees. In his first years, Isaacs helped create Indiana Vocational Technical College's Region III to focus service in the counties of Clay, Greene, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo. Prior to his retirement in 1970, the Board of Trustees named the new technical education building in Isaacs' honor.
Thereafter, the C. Huston Isaacs Award was established to recognize students who exhibit outstanding academic accomplishment and demonstrate high potential for success in their field of study. The award has honored one exemplary graduate every year since 1974.
In addition to his impact on education in West Central Indiana, Isaacs was a notable wood craftsman and enthusiast of Native American lore and artifacts. He and fellow sculptor Charles Eggleston were commissioned by Mrs. C. J. Root, of the Rocky Edge estate in Allendale, to carve and paint a totem pole to serve as statement décor on the property. The totem pole, "Tootooch", was erected at the estate in 1938 to "symbolize and preserve the culture and the legends of the Indian race". Tootooch was relocated to the Vigo County Historical Society in 1963 where it remains today at the museum's downtown location.
Please join the Isaac's family in continuing Huston's legacy;
making higher education attainable for residents in West Central Indiana.
Thank you you for your support!