By Andi TenBarge
Gov. Mike Pence is “strongly” encouraging Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann to consider a job outside the Indiana Statehouse.
Pence spokespeople say an Ivy Tech board member approached Ellsperman during the summer about applying for the president’s position at Ivy Tech Community College.
“Governor Pence believes Lt. Governor Ellspermann is uniquely qualified to lead Ivy Tech and strongly encouraged her to seek the position,” Pence’s spokesman, Matt Lloyd said. “Governor Pence believes Ivy Tech will play a key role in strengthening Indiana’s workforce and believes the Lt. Governor is an ideal candidate for the position. The governor will support the Lt. Governor’s effort to lead Ivy Tech but respects the role the Board of Trustees will play in the decision-making process.”
The news of Ellspermann’s potential departure from the Pence administration comes weeks before Pence is expected to announce his stance on adding LGBT protections to Indiana’s civil rights laws. But Lloyd says Ellspermann’s interest in the position “has nothing to do with RFRA and everything to do with the fact that the Ivy Tech board approached the Lt. Governor about the possibility.”
“From time to time as I travel the state I have been approached about opportunities including most recently Ivy Tech Community College,” Ellspermann said in a statement. “While I have made the Governor aware of this opportunity, this is a decision of the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees. As Lt. Governor I am focused on making Indiana a State that Works and improving the lives of Hoosiers.”