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.