The female factor

Dateline: Mon 19 Mar 2007

Is Carol D'Amico a victim of Ivy Tech College's "good old boy" system? Apparently one board member has said, off the record, that the word is out -- a woman will never run the huge, powerful community college campus.

The board is expected to choose Thursday from the two finalists, Thomas J. Snyder and Thomas D. Klincar -- neither of whom have the academic credentials, experience or the Indiana ties of D'Amico.

Whatever the decision, supposedly whomever is chosen will be whisked out of the media glare for the time being. As for D'Amico, she wasn't born yesterday. She already has her lawyers lined up, ready to take action on her behalf.

The process is discouraging, since the community college system has been run in the past more as a private club with heavy political ties. Once again, Indiana's face is red.


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