WCTC taking ‘first step’ in search for new president
Listening sessions scheduled to learn what employees, students are looking for

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

Oct. 30, 2014

PEWAUKEE - Waukesha County Technical College is taking the first step in seeking a replacement for former President Barbara Prindiville, who retired at the end of July.

The school’s board of trustees announced plans for a series of presidential listening sessions beginning today to gather input from WCTC employees, members of the community and the more than 23,000 students on characteristics they would like to see in the new president.

Kaylen Betzig has served as the college’s interim president since Prindiville’s retirement.

Caroline Tindall, WCTC’s executive assistant to the president and interim assistant to the board, said the school hopes to have a new president by next July.

“This is just the first step in the process,” she said. “We have a committee that will be putting together a survey and they are the ones asking the questions.”

That committee will be comprised of internal staff at the school, who will get to the heart of what a new president should be made of from the thoughts of the people who will be affected most.

Pauline Jaske, chair of the board of trustees, said professionalism and quality communication skills are two traits that stick out for her when thinking of a new president, but said a devotion to education is key.

“Most of all a passion for technical college education,” she said, “because I think that is where the good-paying jobs are and where our economy is going. We are just looking for someone who can continue to carry on the excellent reputation that our technical college has.”

Tindall said employees are the most important focus group of the three - which is reflected in the number of listening sessions they will have. Three of the six sessions are dedicated to WCTC workers, while two are set aside for students and one for the community.

Today’s listening session for employees is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at WCTC’S Waukesha campus, 327 East Broadway. Each of the other five sessions will be held at the Pewaukee campus, 800 Main Street, including Monday’s community session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in rooms C051 and C057 of the Richard T. Anderson Education Center.


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