By The Muncie-Delaware County Indiana Chamber of Commerce—
MUNCIE, Ind.—The Boards of Directors of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Advancement Corporation have announced that Elizabeth Rowray has accepted the position as the next President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and the Chief Economic Development Officer of the Delaware Advancement Corporation.
Rowray is currently the Executive Director of Ivy Tech’s Career Coaching and Connections program for the Delaware and Henry County locations. She is also the District 35 Representative to the Indiana House of Representatives, elected in 2020. Rowray has previously worked for the Delaware Advancement Corporation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Rowray is a graduate of Ball State University and Muncie Burris High School. She completed the four-year U.S. Chamber of Commerce Organization Management program with an IOM Designation.
Rowray has been an active volunteer in the Muncie and Delaware County communities, including the Yorktown School Board, Muncie Rotary, and the United Way. She has been a past recipient of an Athena Award, presented by Women in Business Unlimited. She has also served on various fund-raising efforts, including the Muncie Children’s Museum and the Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation.
A search committee was formed in 2021 and included Board members from both the Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Advancement Corporation. The search committee Co-Chairs were Kelly Shrock, President of the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, and Terry Pence, Vice President of Operations at IU Ball Memorial Hospital. Additional committee members included Sara Shade Hamilton, Frank Scott, Carl Kizer, Sherry Riggin, Stephen Brand, and Rob Keisling. The committee was assisted in a national search by Smith and Syberg, an Indianapolis executive search firm.
Shrock commented, “We are extremely excited to have Elizabeth lead our Chamber and Economic Development organizations. Her experience, leadership, and passion for Muncie and Delaware County will be valuable assets to the community going forward.” Pence added, “In the course of conducting a national search, we reviewed candidates from across the country as well as in Indiana and Muncie. Our search committee and directors are pleased that we found the best person right here in our own community.”