In case you’re curious, I thought I’d provide a little background on who I am and what brought me to my current role as president of Fox Valley Technical College.
Let’s start at the beginning. I’m a native of the Fountain City area in Western Wisconsin. I grew up on what is now a five generation family farm nestled in a beautiful valley between Arcadia and Fountain City. My three brothers own and operate several farms today. My parents and all six of my brothers and sisters, along with their families and numerous extended relatives, live in that area of the state.
I always knew that education was the place for me. After graduating from Cochrane-Fountain City High School (’75), I earned a bachelor’s degree in education (‘78) and a master’s degree in vocational education administration (‘91) from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 1998, I earned my doctorate in vocational, technical, and occupational education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
My professional career began as a teacher and department chair at New Holstein High School. I moved into post-secondary education in 1983 when I joined Fox Valley Technical College as an adult continuing education specialist. From there, I advanced into positions of outreach operations manager, dean, vice president for marketing and economic development, vice president for instructional services, and executive vice president. In the spring of 2008, I was named president of Fox Valley Technical College. It has certainly been a challenging and exciting time to lead this great organization! And I’m very grateful to have had the experience and background that I did as preparation for this position.
In addition to my responsibilities at FVTC, I also enjoy being active in the community. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Community First Credit Union, the Executive Board of the Bay-Lakes Council-Boy Scouts of America, and the Board of Directors for Riverview Gardens, the New North, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, and Junior Achievement-Wisconsin.
I’ve also chaired the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) and the Wisconsin Technical College System Presidents’ Association. At the national level, I serve as the vice-chair of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).
In 2008, I was honored to receive the Athena Award by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry for professional excellence and devotion to the community. In 2012, it was certainly an honor to receive the Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award from the Appleton Education Foundation. And in 2013, I was selected by the University of Wisconsin-Stout (my alma mater) as their “Educator in Residence” for accomplishments in career and technical education.
My husband, Tim, and I live in the Town of Greenville. Our son, Bryan, graduated from FVTC in 2008 with an AAS in Mechanical Design Technology.