The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

November 7, 2013

Viewpoint: Newspaper reports mischaracterize Ivy Tech

Media consultants will provide advice that when a person or institution is unfairly attacked or mischaracterized in the newspaper the person or institution should just leave it alone.

They will say to not respond, as a response will either add credibility to the story or facilitate additional comments and editorials. Or the consultants will offer advice that the newspapers will not print anything you send to them nor the full details around the actual facts.

They will only print the story that meets their intent. Based on recent stories and editorials, it is apparent the media is either ignoring the facts or choosing to be opportunistic and sensationalize the story. In response, here are the facts and full details.

Ivy Tech Community College is very pleased to have Rob Carter as a member of our team. He is uniquely qualified for this job. As a former county sheriff, Rob has an extensive law enforcement background and an impeccable statewide reputation among the law enforcement community.

I have known Rob for more than six years and have been impressed with his leadership at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He led a highly complex organization that is one of the best in the nation. The State of Indiana and DNR were nationally recognized during Rob’s tenure.

Rob was the best candidate, and his references were exceptionally strong. We are delighted he chose to join Ivy Tech and continue serving the people of this state over many other opportunities in the private sector.

Ivy Tech followed all normal procedures relative to hiring of Rob. Any mis-characterization is false. This position was advertised, candidates were reviewed and interviewed, references and background checks were conducted and the best candidate was hired.

Newspapers have also printed stories about our chairman of the board, Bruce Walkup, sending inappropriate emails. Unfortunately, the story is laced with inaccuracies and false information.

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