UPDATE: Ivy Tech Community College trustee, Bruce Walkup confirmed he is resigning, effective immediately.
He made this statement to Fox59:
“I want to once again apologize for any misconceptions or persons I may have offended as a result of the e-mails I had sent out. I believe it is time to move forward and not allow these actions to overshadow the tremendous work of the faculty, staff and students at Ivy Tech Community College. I have informed the Governor’s office that I am resigning from my position on the board of trustees effective immediately. I enjoyed serving for over 13 years and watching the College transform into what it is today. I am stepping aside so that the focus can be on our students and the important role that Ivy Tech plays in educating Hoosiers throughout our state.”
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A trustee with Ivy Tech Community College is apologizing after inappropriate emails he sent to other college officials surfaced.
Bruce Walkup spoke to Fox59 over the phone regarding inappropriate emails sent from his personal account. The content of the emails and who he sent the messages to raised questions. The messages were sent during the time Walkup was serving as chairman of the board. He is still serving as a trustee, a position that he was appointed to by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.
“I apologize for any misconceptions or anybody I may have offended,” said Walkup. “It certainly wasn’t my intent at all.”
The messages included raunchy or inappropriate jokes, and some even included pictures of nude women. The emails were sent to other college officials, prominent friends and former head of the DNR, Rob Carter, Jr.
One email stood out, where Walkup forwarded Carter a message about campus security and said, “[Some] of the problems you will be dealing with.” This email was sent before the college security job was ever posted. Carter was eventually appointed to fill the position.
A spokesperson for the college released this statement, “Ivy Tech does not condone inappropriate emails. All inappropriate emails are blocked, screened and deleted. Ivy Tech did not respond to the emails.”
The spokesperson went on to say Trustee Walkup was asked to stop sending questionable emails to the college.