Sue Ellspermann named new Ivy Tech president

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

Indiana Lt. Governer Sue Ellspermann leads the Indiana Senate in the Pledge of Alllegiance on her final day in office at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Gov. Mike Pence has tapped political operative Eric Holcomb to be his re-election running mate. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the selection of a new Ivy Tech Community College president (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

Former Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has been selected as the next president for the state’s community college system.

Ivy Tech Community College trustees voted 11-0 Wednesday afternoon to hire Ellspermann, who has been considered the leading candidate for the job for months.

Her candidacy was supported by Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who appoints all members of the Ivy Tech board. Pence praised Ellspermann months before she stepped down in March as lieutenant governor, calling her an “ideal” candidate for the Ivy Tech job.

Ellspermann was the founding director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana.

She will replace Thomas Snyder on July 1. Snyder is retiring this summer after overseeing Ivy Tech’s more than 30 campuses since 2007.

6:30 a.m.

The board of Indiana’s community college system is poised to vote on hiring the school’s new president.

Ivy Tech Community College’s trustees are scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon, with a vote expected on a replacement for outgoing President Thomas Snyder.

Former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is widely believed to be the leading candidate for the job. She resigned from Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s administration in March after a reported rift between them.

Pence appoints all members of the Ivy Tech board and has said Ellspermann is a great candidate for the position.

Ellspermann was the founding director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana.

Snyder is retiring this summer after overseeing Ivy Tech’s more than 30 campuses since 2007.