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Sue Ellspermann serves as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana.
As Lt. Governor, Sue manages five state agencies including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Office of Tourism Development. She also serves as President of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.
Sue was raised in Ferdinand, Indiana, one of six children. She learned entrepreneurship working in her family’s jewelry store. A 1978 graduate of Forest Park High School, she worked her way through Purdue as an engineering cooperative education student with General Motors. She graduated Purdue as an industrial engineer in 1982 and established a career in engineering and management at Michelin and Frito-Lay.
In 1986, Sue and her family returned to Evansville where she founded a consulting business, Ellspermann and Associates, Inc. Her company provided problem solving and strategic planning facilitation and training. Sue was the first colleague of Dr. Min Basadur, founder of Basadur Applied Creativity and internationally renowned for his work in applied creative problem solving research, training, and facilitation.
As Sue built her practice throughout North America and locally with companies such as Kimball International, Pepsi, and Microsoft, she completed a masters degree and doctorate in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville in 1996. Research from her dissertation was awarded the Citation of Excellence Award by Emerald Management Review in 2008 as one of the Top 50 Management Articles worldwide.
While managing a thriving practice, Sue was involved with the Evansville Chamber of Commerce (now the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana), Good Shepherd Parish, and the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, among many other organizations. She facilitated hundreds of strategic planning and problem solving events for nonprofits all across Indiana.
In 2006, Sue became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and Economic Development. Since its inception, the Center has completed over 200 projects for southwest Indiana and the state including the I-69 Community Development Study, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Strategic Plan, and the Evansville Glenwood Community Development Project. Sue was instrumental in developing the USI-Naval Surface Warfare Center (NWSC) Crane Partnership that includes a focus on technology commercialization.
Sue was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. She served as Vice Chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee. In 2012, Sue joined Transformation Team, Inc., as the Director of Strategic Engagement.
Sue is married to Jim Mehling, Assistant Principal of Forest Park High School. They have a blended family of four daughters, two son-in-laws and a grandson.