LA CROSSE, Wis., March 10, 2017 – The search for the next president of Western Technical College is down to three finalists.
The Presidential Search Advisory Committee – made up of District Board members, staff, faculty, and members of the community – reviewed 35 applicants, conducted first-round interviews, and ultimately selected three to come on campus during the next two weeks.
The finalists are Rick Pearce, vice president for Learning and Student Success at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill.; Roger Stanford, vice president of Academic Affairs at Western Technical College; and Rebekah Woods, provost of Jackson College in Jackson, Mich.
Their visits will include interviews with the search committee; forums with faculty and staff; and tours of the La Crosse campus and two regional locations. The committee will consider input from the forums and hopes to make a recommendation to the full Western District Board in April. The Board will make the final decision.
Western District Board Chair and chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, Dennis Treu, said he was pleased with the quality of the candidates.
“After an extensive national search, we’re extremely impressed with the applicants,” said Treu. “Western has a great reputation, and we are fortunate to have high-caliber, experienced leaders who are interested in the important role of advancing our mission.”
The Presidential Search Committee began its work in November, following the announcement by Western President Lee Rasch that he would retire on June 30, 2017 after 28 years in the role.