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Residents say Blackhawk Tech president should be innovative

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Ted Sullivan
February 18, 2010
— Residents told Blackhawk Technical College Board members they want the school’s next president to be innovative, student friendly and ready to help rebuild Rock County’s economy.

“What new programs can we bring in that can help support the needs of the community and its students,” Kim Durham said.


“We need a creative leader,” Cyndy Bagley said.


“I would like to see accessibility for students,” said Dave Jones, Blackhawk Tech’s student governor.


Board members held a public forum Wednesday to hear what qualities people want to see in the college’s next president. Ten people attended the hearing.


President Eric Larson is retiring in June after 12 years.


After the public forum, board members decided the next president should have a doctorate or at least a master’s degree. The person also should have three years senior level administrative experience, preferably at a technical college.


Board members also created a list of 14 desired traits the next president should have. Many qualities board members wanted were the same things they heard at public forums.


Dave Manke said the president should have an academic and business background. He said the president should engage with schools and businesses.


Bagley said the new president should reach out to high school students and give them the support they need. She said more high school students need access to college.


Neil Dupree said the next president should embrace diversity. He said the school also should pursue programs in alternative energy.


Other people said the college needs a passionate, proactive leader. They said the school should remain affordable.


People from different communities will form a committee will help with the search.


National Search and Education Consulting also is helping.


Interviews and site visits for president finalists would be in the spring.



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