A big name has surfaced as the potential next president of Ivy Tech Community College. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has been approached about the position and says she is extremely honored by the consideration, given "my deep engagement in work force development." Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Governor Mike Pence has given his blessing, calling Ellspermann "uniquely qualified." Ellspermann will be a guest this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television.
Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the governor, says "Governor Pence believes Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann is uniquely qualified to lead Ivy Tech and strongly encouraged her to seek the position. Lloyd said Pence called her an "ideal candidate," but said the decision falls on the board of trustees at the state’s largest post-secondary educational institution.
The board has formed a search committee to find a successor to Tom Snyder, who will step down next year. The committee has also selected a higher education search consulting firm to assist with the search.
Current president Tom Snyder announced his retirement earlier this year. He will step down in 2016 to join President Barack Obama’s College Promise Advisory Board. After Snyder’s announcement, the board began the search process and expected the entire process to take eight-to-ten months.
State Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Michael Dora will chair the search committee. Members of the committee include:
- David Findlay, President/Chief Executive Officer Lake City Bank (Ivy Tech Foundation Trustee)
- Karen Gore, Ivy Tech Community College Faculty
- Richard Halderman, Chief Executive Officer/President Teays River Investments (Ivy Tech Trustee)
- Paula Hughes, Senior Operation Manager Ambassador Enterprises (Ivy Tech Trustee Chair)
- John Thompson, Chief Executive Officer Thompson Distribution (Business/Community Leader)
- Kaye Whitehead, Chief Executive Officer Seldom Rest Farms (Ivy Tech Trustee)
There will also be an advisory committee consisting of representatives from Ivy Tech’s 14 administrative regions to assist with the search. The search committee has also selected R. William Funk and Associates, a higher education search consulting firm, to assist. RWFA has conducted more than 400 searches for universities and colleges including Indiana University, Indiana State University and Purdue University.