Carol D'Amico, a former aide to President Bush, is Ivy Tech's executive vice president. She has close ties to Gov. Mitch Daniels.
A number of the governor's supporters waged a vigorous but mostly behind-the-scenes campaign to get D'Amico reconsidered, but without success.
Ironically, Snyder is the candidate who was told by the governor's office his chances were slim to none because another candidate was favored by the governor. Many presume the candidate was D'Amico, but I find it hard to believe the governor's office couldn't at least ensure she was on the list of finalists.
Fellow blogger Ruth Holladay suggests this might not be the end of the matter for D'Amico. Holladay thinks D'Amico was overlooked simply because she's a woman. She also suggests D'Amico has sought legal advice. Holladay writes:
Is Carol D'Amico a victim of Ivy Tech College's "good old boy" system? Apparently one board member has said, off the record, that the word is out -- a woman will never run the huge, powerful community college campus.
The board is expected to choose Thursday from the two finalists, Thomas J. Snyder and Thomas D. Klincar -- neither of whom have the academic credentials, experience or the Indiana ties of D'Amico.
Whatever the decision, supposedly whomever is chosen will be whisked out of the media glare for the time being. As for D'Amico, she wasn't born yesterday. She already has her lawyers lined up, ready to take action on her behalf.
The process is discouraging, since the community college system has been run in the past more as a private club with heavy political ties. Once again, Indiana's face is red.