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U.S. Rep. Brooks not seeking Ivy Tech presidency

February 18, 2016

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks says she won't apply to become the new president of Ivy Tech Community College.

Brooks, a Republican, was a vice president and general counsel for Ivy Tech for five years before being elected to Congress in 2012.

Brooks had been considered a potential candidate to lead Indiana's community college system, a position which Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is leaving office to pursue.

Brooks tells The Herald Bulletin of Anderson that she loves what she's doing and is focused on her re-election campaign for central Indiana's 5th Congressional District seat.

The Ivy Tech board has set a March 15 application deadline for the president's position and expects to make a selection by the end of April.

Meanwhile, Ellspermann is set to step down from office early next month, clearing the way for a much anticipated shake-up to Gov. Mike Pence's re-election effort.

Pence's office confirmed Thursday that Ellspermann's resignation will be effective March 2 at 5 p.m. The Republican governor's chosen replacement, former Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb, is expected to be confirmed by state lawmakers the following day.

Ellspermann signaled her intent to resign in December, when she announced interest in pursuing the Ivy Tech position.

Pence's selection of Holcomb was announced last week, bringing a close to Holcomb's is 11-month campaign for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also reportedly is another possible candidate for the Ivy Tech job.

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