Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announces resignation
(Talk of the Town file photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Indiana's Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Tuesday that she would be leaving her post to pursue the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College. Ellspermann is shown here with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel during a summer 2015 visit to Whitley County.
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
On Tuesday, Indiana's 50th Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann formally announced her plans to resign from public office to pursue a position as the president of Ivy Tech Community College.
"In each of our lives, not everything lines up in perfect timing. In my case, the unique opportunity to apply for the office of President at Ivy Tech presented itself. As previously stated, I was approached by friends of Ivy Tech about the position to which I gave thoughtful consideration. I then took this opportunity to the Governor and we agreed that this might be an even better 'seat on the bus' for me as leading Ivy Tech could impact workforce development and the economic future of our state in a very significant way," Ellspermann shared in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Ellspermann has begun her transition out of office. Governor Mike Pence has announced that former Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb will be Ellspermann's replacement. Holcomb's appointment would need to be approved by the state legislature.
"I am pleased that Governor Pence has selected Eric Holcomb as his recommendation to succeed me as Lieutenant Governor," she continued. "Eric has had a distinguished career in public service with two of Indiana's outstanding leaders. He understands State government from his work as Governor Daniel's deputy chief of staff and the Federal government as Senator Coats' state chief of staff. Further, his service in the Navy demonstrates his commitment to our nation. I look forward to working with Eric as we implement a seamless transition over the coming weeks."
Ellspermann said she was honored to serve in the office of Lieutenant Governor during the last three and a half years.
"I am grateful to Hoosiers and Governor Pence for entrusting me with the office of Lieutenant Governor and its statutory responsibilities. The opportunity to serve this great state of Indiana has been a true honor and one that I pass along with great pride and even higher expectations to Eric Holcomb," said Ellspermann.