Former Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann named Ivy Tech president


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4 fast facts

  • Ivy Tech Community College announced Sue Ellspermann as president.
  • She is the first woman to hold the role, and the ninth individual.
  • Formerly served as Lt. Governor.
  • Board of trustees voted her in this week.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Former Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann was announced as Ivy Tech’s new president Wednesday.

“This is a big job and it is crucial to the future of not just Ivy Tech, but, in many ways, the state.  We are very cognizant of the role Ivy Tech plays in the economic future of Indiana,” Ivy Tech State Board of Trustee Chair Paula Hughes said. “Sue 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.”

Ellspermann is the first woman to hold the position as Ivy Tech president.

“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.

“It is critical that we align our programs at Ivy Tech to the needs of employers, and attract sufficient numbers of students and incumbent workers into high demand programs that offer stackable, efficient certifications, certificates and degrees.  We must ensure students persist, successfully transfer, graduate and complete, and, most importantly, that our students gain employment and upward mobility in their careers,” Ellspermann said.

Indiana’s new Lieutenant Governor, Eric Holcomb, was sworn in in March.

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement regarding the announcement:

“After he ignored her concerns about RFRA and brushed her aside as his lieutenant governor, Mike Pence hopefully will have a better working relationship with Sue Ellspermann over the next seven months as she starts her new role as President of Ivy Tech Community College. It would sure be a complete turnaround from the last three-and-a-half years the two spent together at the Statehouse – where the governor continues to push an out-of-touch agenda that is leaving Indiana behind.”

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers issued this statement:

“As Ivy Tech Community College begins its second decade as Indiana’s statewide community college, it will be well served by a strong leader like Sue Ellspermann to bring a new era of vision and goal-focused action in service to Hoosier students and our state’s workforce.

“I commend the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees for their serious and thoughtful process to select the college’s next president. Sue understands Indiana’s education and workforce needs and the importance of collaboration with business and state leaders to take Ivy Tech to the next level. I look forward to working with her to improve the outcomes for Ivy Tech students.”

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued this statement:

“The historic selection of Sue Ellspermann as the next president of Ivy Tech Community College is a win for education in Indiana and for the more than 170,000 students who will benefit from her energetic and visionary leadership.

“I commend the Board of Trustees and members of the search committee for choosing this uniquely qualified leader to serve as president of the largest post-secondary institution in our state and offer my heartfelt congratulations to my friend and former Lieutenant Governor on her selection. I also offer my thanks to outgoing president Tom Snyder for his nine years of service and leadership.

“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.”

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