Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients | Western Technical College

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2021 – Eric Chrisinger

1980 Marketing Graduate  

Eric ChrisingerEric Chrisinger is the President and CEO of Co-Op Credit Union in Black River Falls. He is a strong advocate for two-year education, often touting the strong foundational skills that allowed him to be successful in his community.

Chrisinger began his career at Co-Op Credit Union as a branch manager in 1981, becoming executive vice president in 1988 and finally President and CEO in 2008. During that time, Chrisinger has led many local organizations, including being a former board member for the Black River Falls Area Foundation as well as a member of the Rotary Club. He has also participated in several community initiatives through Co-Op Credit Union.

Chrisinger has a strong connection to Western and its Foundation. He has previously served as a member of the Western Foundation Board of Directors and has been instrumental in securing financial support for future Western students.

Previous Recipients

  • 2020 - Chad Wehrs
  • 2019 - Mao Kong
  • 2018 - Bernadine “Bernie” Hornby
  • 2017 - Robert Abraham
  • 2016 - Diane (Forde) Raaum
  • 2015 - Kyle Bakkum
  • 2014 - Jeff Wieser and Brian Wieser
  • 2013 - Mary Jo Klos
  • 2012 - Rose and Lester "Mike" Levendoski
  • 2011 - Joel Guberud
  • 2010 - Harold Coppernoll
  • 2009 - Lisa Thill
  • 2008 - Richard Westpfahl
  • 2007 - Debra Lash
  • 2005 - Richard Walz
  • 2003 - Terry Rydberg and Keith Steenlage
  • 2002 - Mike Sexauer and Kathy Foust
  • 2001 - Jeff Komay and Cinda Vingers
  • 2000 - Don Jobe and Lynn Smyrk
  • 1999 - Kevin Kobishop and Karen Long
  • 1998 - Karl "Butch" Halverson
  • 1997 - Jim Timm
  • 1996 - Dick Fox

If you would like more information about the past recipients visit https://community.westerntc.edu/DistinguishedAlumni or please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@westerntc.edu or 608-789-6083.