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Western Technical College Announces New Dean Of General Studies

John Gillette

LA CROSSE, Wis., May 6, 2020 – Western Technical College announced Monday the selection of John Gillette as the college’s dean of the General Studies division.

Gillette brings a strong and diverse background in higher education. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and Gateway Community College in Florida (formally Lake City Community College), before moving into administration at the New College of Florida, Henderson State University in Arkansas, and Montana State University. His most recent position comes from Pasadena City College in California as the associate dean of Learning Resources.

“John brings a phenomenal wealth of experience to this position,” said Western Vice President of Academics Kat Linaker. “His diverse background will help us move our student success initiatives forward in new and exciting ways. I look forward to having him join our team at Western Technical College.”

“I embrace cultural humility as a means to remain open to listening to others,” said Gillette. “I am committed to bringing people into communication and collaboration to work towards accomplishing that goal. It is as team of skilled educators working together that we can move our institutions forward, enabling teachers and learners to thrive.”

Gillette is a first generation communication college student, going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in literature from the New College of Florida, a master’s degree in rhetoric and composition from New Mexico State University, a PhD in communication from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.

He begins his role at Western on Tuesday, May 19.

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