Three candidates to succeed Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder have been recently interviewed by the college’s board and multiple reports suggest Sue Ellspermann will be the choice. IndyPolitics.org publisher Abdul Hakim-Shabazz reports sources tell him the former lieutenant governor has already been offered the job.
Ivy Tech is not discussing the names of the three top candidates, but did confirm Board Chair Paula Hughes made a statement to the IndyStar that called Ellspermann "a top candidate and maybe even the top candidate at this point."
The board has scheduled a public meeting for May 18th. The final vote will take place the same day.
IndyPolitics.org is also reporting the board is divided over where the college should focus more: degree completion or workforce development. Ellspermann served one term in the Indiana House before Governor Mike Pence selected her to be his lieutenant governor. She announced her resignation from the post and her interest in the Ivy Tech job last year and has since been replaced by Eric Holcomb.
Initially, Ivy Tech received more than 30 applications for the job. Nine received interviews with the presidential search committee, which then recommended three finalists to the board.