Search committee members rejected the application of Ivy Tech Executive Vice President Carol D'Amico, long seen as a rising star at the statewide community college system.
The only two finalists who will be presented to the board for a vote March 22 are Thomas Snyder, an Indiana businessman, and Col. Thomas D. Klincar, who runs the Community College of the Air Force, said Jess Brand, chair of the search committee. They were chosen from among 38 applicants.
Ivy Tech's next president will lead the college as it finishes evolving into a leader of workforce development and becomes a key bridge between Indiana's blue-collar past and what state officials hope is a future as a high-tech incubator.
D'Amico's backers say her experience in the state makes her an excellent candidate and say the two finalists' academic credentials are less impressive. D'Amico said she had wanted the job but remains committed to Ivy Tech.
"Naturally I'm disappointed I wasn't identified as one of the finalists for the position," she said.
Whoever the board chooses, I hope the new president changes the school's long-time practice under Gerald Lamkin of hiring key legislators for high-paid, cushy jobs. Under Lamkin's tenure, the school hired four state lawmakers, including former Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton, Speaker Pat Bauer, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Crawford and Rep. Craig Fry.