A reliable source tells Advance Indiana that former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has interviewed for the Ivy Tech president's job. That's the position former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann hopes to land after she was forced to resign her office by Gov. Mike Pence so he could replace her with Eric Holcomb.
There were earlier rumblings that Pence had earlier asked former IU Health CEO Dan Evans to seek the job to replace Tom Snyder. News reports indicated that Evans was not interested in the job, but the source tells Advance Indiana he did indeed apply for the job. It should be interesting to see whether Ellspermann prematurely resigned her state office.
UPDATE: Dan Evans e-mailed Advance Indiana to clarify that he has not applied for the job. Evans confirmed that Gov. Pence spoke to him last fall and asked him to consider applying for the position but that "after some lawyerly due diligence" came to the conclusion "not to go through with the process the Ivy Tech board put in place."
Ivy Tech would be making a mistake. Ballard cannot manage a complex organization.
Ballard would only be good for Ivy Tech if Ivy Tech has oodles of money that they wouldn't care was given away for useless projects to Ballard's cronies--i.e., Blue Indy. Maybe he could extend the program and call it "Green Ivy".
I appreciate his service to our country and he and his wife both seem to be very friendly and personable, but he's no leader.
There is no doubt that Ellspermann resigned prematurely her position as LG. The Pence Administration used the IVY Tech vacancy as a prime opportunity to drive her from the office to which she was elected in 2012. That said, no one should be surprised if Ballard is chosen as the next president, which I think is probably going to be the case. After all, this IS Indiana - a place known for electing and/or appointing unqualified snake-oil sales people who are easily controlled by the corrupt establishment.
This is the perfect place for a man who views Marion County as his personal meal ticket to continue feeding at the public trough. Ballard is beyond worthless. I hope Ivy Tech gets everything they pay for.
If the corrupt Republican powers that be want the repugnant, obtuse Greg Ballard to have the Ivy Tech job, it will happen no matter how unqualified the candidate nor how much denigration his employment will cast upon the institution.
Greg Ballard AND Jennie Hallowell- the woman who just will not use her husband Kyle's last name- should be in leg irons rusting away in a federal prison. It's just that simple.
If you carefully look at the Ivy Tech payroll you will find parasites. Lots of parasites, ghost employees, employees of no talent but who vote. My guess is that Ellspermann would go in, do a job, boot the parasites. I think that was Carol D'Micos plan as well but there are folks in the Republican party who look at parasites a bit differently. Them be OUR parasites! There is also some virtue, politically, for a deal having been struck that said deal be kept. No one likes a politician that don't stay bought.
Gannett has little to no institutional memory so if they looked for parasites they would miss more than they could find, and, no one really wants to help them. If I remember right, Snyder was a Pence guy and he did not clean anything out. So, probably Pence is looking for another to keep the Augean Stables as they are. Another black eye.
Ivy Tech has employed many, many Indiana legislators and their family members as employees. These ghost employees never show up to work at Ivy Tech. Their job is to represent the interests of Ivy Tech in the legislature. Check it out. When I researched it several years ago, I found over 30.
6:56 AM You are 200% correct. Ivy Tech has long been a repository for Indiana legislators. The facts certainly would make a good investigative report!
Oops, forgot there are no investigative reporters left in Indiana.
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