INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (NETWORK INDIANA): It looks like Ivy Tech has their woman.
WIBC host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz reports on his IndyPolitics.org blog that former Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will be the next president of Ivy Tech Community College.
The college has not confirmed it, nor have they scheduled a formal announcement or a final vote of the Ivy Tech board of directors. But Shabazz’s sources tell him that when an announcement is made by the end of May, Ellspermann will be the choice to replace retiring president Tom Snyder.
Ellspermann resigned as Lieutenant Governor during the legislative session to pursue the position rather than serve as Governor Pence’s running mate during his re-election campaign. She was replaced by former state GOP chairman and ex-U.S. Senate candidate Eric Holcomb.
At the time, there was talk that Ellspermann was pushed by Pence to go after the Ivy Tech job due to disagreements between the two on legislation, specifically the controversial religious freedom law and a potential civil rights bill to protect the LGBT community. Both Pence and Ellspermann denied that disagreements played a role in the highest ranking Republican woman in Indiana politics leaving the Statehouse.
Ellspermann told Statehousefile.com earlier last year that it was important for the state to “fix” the perception that Indiana is a place where discrimination against the LGBT community exists. But her office denies any conflict with Pence over the issue. Pence’s office said the same, and sources told Shabazz that Pence did not force Ellspermann out of his administration; the entire Ivy Tech board is appointed by the governor.
After Ellspermann resigned, it was made public that former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard had also expressed interest in the Ivy Tech position, though he dropped his bid last month.