Western Technical College Board announces new president

He will be the college's seventh president

The Western Technical College District Board selects a new president.

According to the press release, Dr. Roger Stanford, currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western will succeed Dr. Lee Rasch when he retires June 30.

District Board Chairperson Dennis Treu said, “Roger’s passion for education, student success, technical college mission, and, ultimately, for Western really came through in his interviews. He has a deep respect for the work that has gone into our Vision 2020 strategic plan and brings inspiring ideas for how to keep the college moving in that direction.”

During his two years at Western, Stanford started a flexible learning initiative that targets working adult students, created a team model to engage faculty in student success initiatives and college priorities, and led the implementation of a K-12 academy model, including the design of a facility to serve high school juniors and seniors.

“I’m both humbled and honored to have been selected to lead this great college,” said Stanford. “Western has a stellar reputation in the district and the state for high-quality education, and has even garnered national attention for leading-edge sustainability efforts. I look forward to sharing my experience and continuing the momentum for many years to come.”

Prior to Western, Stanford served as the Vice President of Instruction at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in Eau Claire. He has also worked in higher education as an instructor, a dean, and a director of professional development, in addition to 10 years teaching at the high school level.

Stanford was selected from a pool of 35 candidates from across the United States. 

Stanford’s selection will be officially approved at the April 18 Board meeting, and he will begin in the position on July 1. 

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