Ellspermann to speak at Legislature Wednesday about new building for Ivy Tech – Columbus

State lawmakers will hear from Ivy Tech Community College’s president on Wednesday about funding tied to a proposed $29 million capital project at the Columbus campus.

The local campus is ranked first on Ivy Tech’s priority list among all of its statewide campuses for capital projects, Ivy Tech president Sue Ellspermann said Monday, while visiting with Columbus students at Poling Hall.

Ellspermann will present plans for a proposed renovation of Poling Hall to the General Assembly this week, a project that has already been endorsed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The proposal has also gone before a state budget committee, she said.

“Of course, if we’re successful, we’re excited and hopeful that Columbus will be looking at a new campus in this great community,” she said.

The $29 million project by Ivy Tech calls for a two-story, 80,000-square-foot building that would replace Poling Hall, which would be torn down.

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