Board Member of the Year Award - 2017

Bob Beaver - MSTC

Each year, we ask our members to recommend colleagues who have made particularly important contributions to our cause as board members and as an association. Selecting a Board Member of the Year is difficult because we must pick from among very deserving individuals who come from very different colleges and boards, and from very different backgrounds and experiences.

We were honored to review the nominations for several really extraordinary members this year, and the committee would be proud to have selected any of the candidates.

The Board Member of the Year Award is based on four criteria: involvement at the district level, involvement at the state level, involvement at the national level, and the individual’s overall service through other contributions.

This Year's Winner - Bob Beaver MSTC

Bob has dedicated his life to education, first in K–12 administration before focusing on higher education with service to Mid-State and the Wisconsin Technical College System. Always assuming additional responsibilities, he acted as treasurer for four years of his service on the Board of Directors for Southwest Technical College between 1979–1985. On the Board at Mid-State Technical College since 1990, Bob achieved near-perfect attendance at meetings and events in the district and has spent over half of his 26 years of service in an officer role, including three years as chair and six years each as vice president and treasurer.

His exceptional leadership has also garnered many local and state awards from students, peers, and communities. Bob received;

  • The Special Friend of Students Award from the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (1993),
  • the Wisconsin Association of School Councils Administrator of the Year award (1996),
  • Adams County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen and Parr Excellence awards (1999),
  • and the Community Volunteer Award (2006).

Chief among his contributions, Bob led Mid-State’s efforts to partner with the Workforce Development Board to get businesses engaged and communicating with college staff. As a result, Mid-State was able to tailor its curricula to the needs of area employers such as Adams Columbia Electric Cooperative, Consolidated Paper, and others. Bob also implemented the first distance learning option for many K–12 schools in central Wisconsin, leading to providing thousands of area high schools students with opportunities for transcripted credits and even the adoption of telepresence technology at Mid-State. Bob has also been instrumental in promoting Mid-State dual-credit programs, resulting in significant savings for high school students.

At the state level, Bob served as a member of the Boards Association Board of Directors from 1995–2009, acting as president from 1997–99. He was also a WTCS Budget Committee Member in 2010–11. In the 1990s he led the development of an insurance consortium, saving the college thousands of dollars on insurance costs. As co-chair of the Legislative Committee from 2001 to present, Bob has devoted considerable time representing Mid-State and the WTCS at state and national capitals. On a first-name basis with legislators, Bob has influenced legislation that specifically benefits postsecondary education.

At the national level, Bob serves on a regional committee for ACCT and has made annual visits to Washington DC between 1996 and the present to attend the National Legislative Summit. Here he advocated for everything from Pell grants and student loans to adult basic education and workforce development.

Bob’s outstanding advocacy, passion for education, and unrelenting determination have built a legacy of service, having numerous positive impacts on technical college education.

Former Award Winners

Board Member of the Year
Year Member College
1976 William Pierce Waukesha
1978 Walter Calvert Southwest WI
1979 Leah Rigler WI Indianhead
1980 Ben Guthrie Nicolet
1990 Jacqueline DeBaker Lakeshore
1991 Joan Jenstead Waukesha County
1992 Donald McGrath Blackhawk
1993 Conrad Zander Nicolet
1994 Ruth Harker Lakeshore
1995 James Munro Blackhawk
1995 Jerald Schoenike Fox Valley
1996 Ken Day Northcentral
1997 Deborah Streuli WI Indianhead
1998 Linda Christman Madison
1999 Robert Beaver Mid-State
2000 Philip Baranowski Moraine Park
2001 Audrey Hein Blackhawk
1991 Sandra Haasl Mid-State
1991 Ruth Mundt Southwest WI
2004 Joan Jenstead Waukesha
2005 David Logghe WI Indianhead
2006 Jean Trempe Northcentral
2007 James Munro Blackhawk
2008 John Lukas Lakeshore
2009 Ronald Bertieri Waukesha
2010 Lauren Baker Milwaukee
2011 Vernon Jung Moraine Park
2012 Russell Moyer Southwest WI
2013 Patrick Costello Mid-State
2014 Ramona Mathews Chippewa Valley
2015 John Lukas Lakeshore
2016 Ramona Mathews Chippewa Valley
2017 Robert Beaver Mid-State