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Sue Ellspermann, the president of Ivy Tech and a former lieutenant governor of Indiana, announces her resignation

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Indianapolis, Indiana – Later on, she served as deputy governor for former governor Mike Pence. Ellspermann held the position of vice chair for both the Indiana State Workforce Investment Board and the Indiana Career Council.

In March 2016, she left her position to take on the role of president at Ivy Tech. In the end, Pence designated Eric Holcomb, the current governor, to finish her term.

Aside from politics, Ellspermann served as the University of Southern Indiana’s founding director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development from 2006 to 2012.

She formerly worked at General Motors, Michelin Tire Corporation, and Frito-Lay in operations and engineering roles.

Ellspermann now serves as the head of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Board of Directors and is a member of the boards of the Center for Leadership Development, Indiana Chamber, Indy Chamber, Applied Research Institute, and Strada Education Foundation in addition to the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. She is on the corporate boards of OFS, German American Bancorp, and OneAmerica.

Ellspermann has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Louisville.

I’ve never had a job quite like this. Ivy Tech is truly unique. The culture is excellent. Ellspermann stated on Thursday that “the people put in a lot of work, and the goal is to serve our students and our community by doing the right thing.” Seeing new hires genuinely fall in love with Ivy Tech has been such a pleasure for me. I am aware of this since eight years ago, I fell in love.

“I hope that by making the announcement a year in advance, the board will have ample time to conclude an outstanding presidential search,” she said.

“Collaboratively, we will ensure a seamless transition and leverage this year to enhance the college, our campuses, and our programs even more.”
“The college has, over these last eight years, grown into an institution that is achieving record growth outcomes and impact. Further, the college has exceptional leaders who are even more capable of shepherding our continued growth and service to Indiana, and talented, innovative faculty and staff committed to our mission, our students and our communities,” she said. “So, that’s why I know it is a good time – the right time – for a new leader. It’s been an incredible honor, an honor of a lifetime, to serve as Ivy Tech’s president.”

She oversaw the establishment of Ivy Tech’s first Industry 4.0 associate degree and strengthened its career development services. She oversaw the creation of Ivy Tech’s new strategic plan as well, which is centered on enhancing student readiness to satisfy Indiana’s demand for highly qualified workers.
Before taking the helm at Ivy Tech, Ellspermann represented a number of rural southwest Indiana counties in District 74 as a state representative from 2010 to 2012.

According to her Ivy Tech biography, Ellspermann co-authored the state’s right-to-work statute and served on the labor and commerce committees while in Congress. The law has since brought significant economic development to Indiana.

Later on, she served as deputy governor for former governor Mike Pence. Ellspermann held the position of vice chair for both the Indiana State Workforce Investment Board and the Indiana Career Council.
In March 2016, she left her position to take on the role of president at Ivy Tech. In the end, Pence designated Eric Holcomb, the current governor, to finish her term.

Aside from politics, Ellspermann served as the University of Southern Indiana’s founding director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development from 2006 to 2012.

She formerly worked at General Motors, Michelin Tire Corporation, and Frito-Lay in operations and engineering roles.

Ellspermann now serves as the head of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Board of Directors and is a member of the boards of the Center for Leadership Development, Indiana Chamber, Indy Chamber, Applied Research Institute, and Strada Education Foundation in addition to the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. She is on the corporate boards of OFS, German American Bancorp, and OneAmerica.
Ellspermann has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Louisville.
“I’ve never worked at a place like this. Ivy Tech is really special. The culture is great. The people work hard, and the focus is on doing the right thing — to serve our students and our community,” Ellspermann said Thursday. “It’s been so much fun for me to watch new employees fall in love, and truly fall in love, with Ivy Tech. I know, because I fell in love eight years ago.”

“I hope that by announcing the year out, this provides the board plenty of time to complete an exceptional presidential search,” she continued.

“Together, we will have and create a smooth transition, and we can use this year to further elevate the college, our campuses and our programs.”

 

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