Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President
Appointed in May, 2016, Dr. Sue Ellspermann was selected as president of Ivy Tech Community College. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service. In January 2018, under Ellspermann’s leadership, Ivy Tech launched its new five-year Strategic Plan, “Our Communities. Your College. Pathways for Student Success and a Stronger Indiana.” The plan’s vision is for Ivy Tech students to earn 50,000 high-quality certifications, certificates, and degrees per year aligned with workforce needs.
The plan aligns with Indiana’s goal to equip 60 percent of the workforce with a high-value, post-secondary degree or credential by 2025. Through achievement of this goal, the College will help increase Hoosier per capita income and support the transformation of the state’s advanced industries economy.
Ellspermann most recently served as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor from 2013 until March of 2016. She served as president of the Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, as well as oversaw six agencies including Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Indiana Office of Tourism, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Office of Defense Development. She was vice chair of the Indiana Career Council tasked to align Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet the needs of employers. She also served as the co-chair for the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure and the Rural Broadband Working Group and led agriculture trade missions to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China.
Being named president of the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system marks a return to higher education for Ellspermann. From 2006 to 2012 she served as the founding director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). She also has classroom experience teaching at USI, University of Evansville, and University of Louisville.
In 2010 Ellspermann was elected as the State Representative for District 74 (portion of Dubois, Spencer, Perry, and Warrick counties). While in office she served as the Vice-Chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as served on the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and the Elections and Reapportionment Committee.
For 20 years prior she owned and operated Ellspermann and Associates, Inc., d/b/a Basadur Applied Creativity, an independent consulting firm licensed in the training and facilitation of Simplex Creative Problem Solving. Early in her career she worked for Frito-Lay, Inc. and Michelin Corporation in manufacturing and operations.
Ellspermann holds a PhD and MS from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering. She holds a BS from Purdue University also in Industrial Engineering.
She has published research and reports on various topics including workforce development, innovation, and problem solving.
Ellspermann is married to James Mehling, a former principal at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School. She has a blended family of four daughters and sons-in-law, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.