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Presidential Posting Reflects Community Feedback

Presidential Search

LA CROSSE, Wis., Jan. 9, 2017 — After gathering input through staff meetings, community forums, phone interviews, online surveys, and face-to-face sessions, Western Technical College’s presidential search committee has posted the position and begun the search for the next leader after long-time president Lee Rasch retires on June 30, 2017.

Rasch announced his retirement in October, putting the wheels in motion to find a replacement for the position that has only needed to be filled six times in the college’s 105-year history.

“Lee has been with the college for 28 years, and he has transformed academic programs, the systems that serve students, and the facilities district-wide,” said Dennis Treu, chair of the Western Technical College District Board and chair of the search committee. “We wanted to create a presidential profile that reflects the changes that have been made, as well as the direction the community and staff would like to see the college go in the future.”

A presidential search website has been created for the position and includes the feedback received, the resulting job description, and information about Western’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.

“The promise that was made to the voters as part of the 2012 referendum will continue to be a priority,” assured Treu.

The position has been posted nationally, with the intention of finding a candidate who can be on board by the start of the next academic year, July 1, 2017. The search committee is comprised of board members, staff, faculty, and members of the community.

Previous presidents, also known as district directors, were:

  • Thomas G. Sutherland (1912-1916)
  • John B. Coleman (1916-1963)
  • Arthur F. Jordan (1963-1964)
  • Charles G. Richardson (1965-1986)
  • Beverly S. Simone (1987-1989)
  • Lee Rasch (1989-2017)