Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, is the newest member of the board of directors of Conexus Indiana, the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative. Steven Dwyer, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana, announced Ellspermann’s appointment, noting that she brings significant higher education, economic development and high-tech industry experience to the board.
“Dr. Ellspermann brings more than 30 years of experience and public service to our board,” Dwyer said. “Having the president of Ivy Tech Community College serve on our board is invaluable given the important role community college plays in today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. In addition to her significant higher education success, Sue led many initiatives to strengthen Indiana’s advantage as the ‘Crossroads of America ’while serving as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor.”
During her tenure with the State of Indiana, Ellspermann served with Conexus Indiana board member Catherine A. Langham, president and owner of Langham Logistics, Inc., as co-chair of Governor Mike Pence’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure, and led trade missions to Japan, South Korea Taiwan and China. She also served as president of the Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and oversaw six agencies including the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Office of Tourism, Department of Agriculture, Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Office of Defense Development.
Prior to her term as lieutenant governor, Ellspermann was founding director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) and taught at USI, the University of Evansville and University of Louisville.
“Dr. Ellspermann’s extensive workforce development efforts will be a distinct asset for our board,” said Conexus Indiana Board Chair Chip Edgington, executive vice president of Operations at FULLBEAUTY Brands. “Among other leadership positions, Dr. Ellspermann served while she was Lt. Governor as vice chair of the Indiana Career Council, an organization charged with aligning Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet employer needs. The Council’s charge is similar to the work Conexus Indiana has been promoting to meet advanced manufacturing and logistics workforce needs. Her expertise and commitment to developing a ready talent base is invaluable.”
“It is an honor to have been invited to join the Conexus Indiana board,” Ellspermann said. “Preparing the next generation of Hoosier workers to achieve career success is vital to the economic future of our state, as well as quality of life for all Indiana residents. I look forward to working with the dedicated members of the Conexus board of directors and staff.”
Ellspermann is closely engaged with other community and private sector organizations, including serving on the OneAmerica board of directors, Indiana honorary chair of the Million Women Mentors, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) board of directors and the advisory board of the Indiana Conference for Women.
Ellspermann earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Louisville.