The District Board of Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) invites nominations and applications for the position of President. CVTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and serves an 11-county district. The College is one of 16 WTCS colleges located throughout the state. CVTC operates under a shared governance model between the WTCS Board and the appointed, local nine-member District Board.
CVTC delivers innovative and applied education which improves the lives of students, supports the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the larger community. CVTC offers 118 programs, 38 certificates, and 13 apprenticeships in 11 different career fields. In fiscal year 2020, the College served 19,237 students.
With eight locations in Eau Claire and four regional campuses throughout Western Wisconsin, students throughout the 11-county district have access to CVTC’s educational offerings. Regional campuses are in Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Neillsville, and River Falls. Each campus offers a variety of programs and services through face-to-face, online, and several e-learning options.
The CVTC main campus, including the President’s administrative office, is located in Eau Claire. Eau Claire is located at the meeting point of two scenic rivers and has reinvented itself into a cultural mecca. As the fastest growing small city in Wisconsin and the subject of glowing national media profiles praising its quality of life and low cost of living, Eau Claire's authentic can-do spirit has made it a destination for young professionals and families. The CVTC district extends from the eastern campus in Neillsville to our most western campus in River Falls, which is located close to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Community collaboration is highly regarded throughout the CVTC district among educators, public and private sectors, and the community at large.
In April 2020, the College received strong community support and successfully passed a $48.8 million referendum. The proposed projects were based upon program needs to fulfill workforce demands as identified by advisory committees and verified by a district-wide survey. The referendum projects include construction of a new Transportation Education Center, addition and remodeling of the Emergency Service Education Center, the addition of an automated fabrication lab to the Manufacturing Education Center, property purchase in River Falls, and additional campus projects to address accessibility, safety, and security needs.
Although CVTC is locally focused, the College has received accolades on the national level. Through a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant, CVTC is the lead institution in development of the first-ever Open Educational Resources (OER) nursing textbooks, with the first of five already published and in use. Additionally, CVTC agriculture programs were honored by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with Outstanding Postsecondary Agricultural Program awards in both 2019 and 2020. CVTC also has a strong track record for receiving state and national grants to enhance program growth, technology advancements and student support.
CVTC is seeking a visionary and mission-driven leader who can ensure equity and growth, and continuously meet the region’s workforce needs.
Challenges and Opportunities:
- Advance technical education through innovation, collaboration, accountability, and by adapting to evolving industries and technology advancements.
- Balance multiple priorities that include fiscal responsibility, changing demographics, multiple campuses, development of relevant programming to meet workforce needs, employee retention, equitable compensation, student success, and encouragement of innovation in programming and technology.
- Focus on increasing enrollment, student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates.
- Work in collaboration with business, industry, and communities to offer flexible opportunities to update workforce skills for new, unemployed, and incumbent workers as needed by regional employers and communities.
- Continue to adapt student-focused programming and instructional delivery modes to meet the schedules and demands of potential students and employers in an evolving workforce.
- Provide leadership that transitions CVTC from the pandemic to post-pandemic, successfully navigating the region’s economic growth and development.
- Demonstrate and foster a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives for all faculty, staff, students, and the community.
- Recognize disparate income levels of district residents and address inequities through educational programs, degrees, and support services.
- Maintain and expand the regional economy through educational, civic, legislative, business, and private partnerships to advance the College and improve its connections leading to continuous improvement and student success.
- Complete full implementation of the referendum projects as well as developing a new facilities master plan.
- Recognize the need to provide programming to all geographic regions of the district, including less densely populated areas, increasingly diverse populations, rural communities, and K-12 partners.
- A forward-thinking leader with a passion for the importance of the technical college mission and through collaboration, develops effective policies and practices to benefit the College and the region.
- A visible ambassador and effective communicator who listens, consults, communicates, builds relationships, promotes the College, and develops strong connections with workforce partners and the region to develop educational offerings that best serve the changing needs of the region’s employers.
- Leads with empathy, compassion, integrity, respect, and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the College and community.
- A unifying leader with crisis management experience who will support the safety and security of the College.
- A leader with financial acumen that will successfully manage large budgets and generate new sources of funding and revenue.
- Attracts and retains high-caliber faculty and staff through professional development and salary assessment and furthers the College’s commitment to transparency and collaboration.
- A demonstrated team-builder who is approachable, receptive to feedback, builds consensus, and breaks down silos. • Successful experience in balancing the expansion of technology with hands-on instruction to improve student success and meet workforce needs.
- Understands the dynamics of working with a governing board which is empowered to levy property taxes for operations and capital expenses and develop annual budgets and policies.
- A strong advocate who has experience engaging with government entities and associations at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Experience cultivating a philanthropic culture, working with college foundations, civic organizations, alumni, and the broader community.
- A collaborative leader who will maintain, build, and expand relationships with K-12 institutions, university partners, and other higher education institutions.
- A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an earned doctorate strongly preferred.
- Significant executive-level experience within education, preferably at a community or technical college in positions of increasing responsibility.
- Experience with or working in industry/the private sector is desirable.
HOW TO APPLY
This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than March 29, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.
To apply visit https://acctsearches.org/president-chippewa-valley-technical-college-wi/ and upload your documents.
Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:
- A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Chippewa Valley Technical College.
- A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
- A list of eight references: example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.
As an equal opportunity/access employer and educator, CVTC is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.