Western Technical College in Wisconsin

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 6, 2017
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Western Technical College District Board has launched a national search for the College’s seventh president. The new president will follow Lee Rasch Ed.D., who, upon retiring in summer 2017, will have served in the position for 28 years.

Western Technical College’s mission is to provide relevant, high quality education, in a collaborative and sustainable environment that changes the lives of students and grows our communities. Our vision is to be the college of first choice for our region. Western prides itself on delivering to its students and other stakeholders The Essential Experience brand promise. Western receives high national rankings based on its cost effectiveness and student outcomes. Western’s qualified and caring faculty and staff are committed to student access, retention, and success.

In 2010, Western embarked on an ambitious 10-year Strategic Plan called Vision 2020 that will allow the College to create student pathways to success and maintain the flexibility necessary to train future employees for future jobs. Vision 2020 is well underway.

In 2012, voters in the Western district supported the College’s efforts in its Vision 2020 Strategic Plan by approving a $79.8 million taxpayer referendum. With all capital projects facilitated by the referendum now nearly complete, Western’s La Crosse campus and regional locations have been transformed. Western’s newly built Integrated Technology Center is a ‘best-in-class’ facility for the upper Midwest region.

Western’s main campus is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Western also features five regional locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua, Wisconsin, as well as a dedicated public safety training facility in Sparta, Wisconsin. The La Crosse area offers outstanding recreation, world-class health care, a growing economy, and a community that values and supports higher education. The population of the La Crosse Metropolitan Statistical Area exceeds 137,000. The overall District-wide population exceeds 250,000. Each year, Western serves over 10,000 students.

The College is seeking a visionary leader of sound character and good judgment to build on its successes while remaining responsive to our students, staff, faculty, residents, and employers. Western’s new president will be strongly committed to Vision 2020.

Attributes of the successful candidate include:

  • A minimum of an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an emphasis in higher education, educational administration, or other appropriate discipline is required. An earned doctorate degree by June 2017 from a regionally accredited institution is strongly preferred.
  • A strong record of academic, executive, and/or administrative leadership is required, preferably in a technical college or community college setting, with a minimum of six years in the field. A record of teaching experience is strongly preferred.

Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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