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Grassman withdraws from BTC consideration

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Jim Leute
June 22, 2013

— Blackhawk Technical College is again searching for a top administrator after a candidate who had been offered the job withdrew his name a week before the board was to vote on his hiring.

BTC President Tom Eckert said in May that he would recommend at Thursday's board meeting the hiring of Vic Grassman as dean of advanced manufacturing and transportation.

Grassman previously was Janesville's economic development director. He resigned the $97,000-a-year job in March for what he and the city said were personal reasons.

Documents provided to The Gazette, however, indicated Grassman resigned just hours before he was about to be fired by former City Manager Eric Levitt because of a “pattern of management and performance that is not acceptable.”

Grassman is being paid by the city through July 1 and is being covered by the city's insurance through July 31.

Eckert said in May that he recommended Grassman from a pool of candidates for the $90,000-per-year BTC job based on his credentials and experience. Asked whether he was aware of the circumstances surrounding Grassman's resignation from the city or if he had any concerns about them, Eckert replied at the time: “I have every confidence Vic will do an outstanding job for us.”

BTC on Thursday reposted the position, which carries a salary range of $74,300 to $92,900.

According to the posting, the dean is responsible for the organization, administration, supervision and evaluation of the advanced manufacturing and training division.

More specifically, the dean is responsible for administering courses, developing budgets, directing staff and assisting with program-related student issues.

The college is moving ahead with plans for an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton. Eckert and others have said the school in the renovated ANGI Energy Systems facility will help satisfy demands of students and manufacturing-sector employers.



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