Former Lt. Gov. Ellspermann Chosen To Lead Ivy Tech
By Mike Perleberg
Sue Ellspermann has been chosen as the next president of Ivy Tech Community College.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – In a perhaps not so surprising move, former Indiana lieutenant governor Sue Ellspermann has been selected as the next president of Ivy Tech Community College.
The statewide community college’s Board of Trustees gave her a unanimous stamp of approval Wednesday. Ellspermann will take over for current Ivy Tech president Thomas Snyder, who is retiring after nine years, on July 1.
She will be Ivy Tech’s ninth president in its 53-year history, but it’s first ever female in the role.
“I am honored to be named Ivy Tech Community College President. Previous presidents, like Tom Snyder and Gerald Lamkin, have built Ivy Tech into one of the nation’s largest community colleges and, unquestionably, Indiana’s most important workforce development institution. Indiana’s economic success and worker prosperity are counting on Ivy Tech,” Ellspermann said.
Not long after Snyder announced his planned retirement, Ellspermann’s name entered the list of candidates rumored for the job. She resigned as lieutenant governor in March to pursue the Ivy Tech presidency. On Wednesday, Governo Mike Pence commended the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees for choosing a uniquely qualified leader.
“At a time of record employment and economic growth across our state, I am confident that Sue Ellspermann’s energetic leadership will ensure that Ivy Tech Community College continues to play a vital role in ensuring that Hoosiers can pursue their dreams in a growing Indiana economy,” Pence said.
Ellspermann has a doctorate in industrial engineering and was the founding director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana from 2006 until 2012. As lieutenant governor, Ellspermann was vice chair of the Indiana Career Council, which works to align Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet the needs of employers.
Ivy Tech State Board of Trustee Chair Paula Hughes said Ellspermann brings the right mix of experience in different areas, from higher education to public service to workforce and economic development.
“She is someone who has demonstrated the ability to cast a strategic vision and collaboratively lead and work with a diverse group of stakeholders,” Hughes said.
Ellspermann says Ivy Tech must improve its degree completion rate. State reports show about 28 percent of full-time Ivy Tech students complete an associate degree within six years.