Summer 2021 Meeting Summary

Laverne Hays - Blackhawk Technical College

Laverne Hays

The In-Service topic centered on evaluating College Presidents and Board relationships for success. A dynamic lead-in by David Rutledge set the stage using a paradigm about triple-crown winner Secretariat who had a heart twice the size of an average race-horse and was diagnosed as ‘not fitting the mold’ as a colt. He challenged us to become ‘agents of change’ in order to meet future challenges unlike those of the past and reminding us that ‘we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are’.

Dr. Susan May (President) and Patty Van Ryzin (Board Chair) of FVTC then discussed various components in finding the right balance for a successful Presidential evaluation.

This evaluation will help establish adjustments to compensation – the total of which includes base salary, incentives, and benefits. This compensation should arguably be targeted to at least the 50th percentile of the defined market which could include both local and national market data. Use of external consulting could be employed in conjunction with a three-year compensation study. Having a Board policy for compensation that records basic needs, meets, or exceeds criteria and also provides for Leadership Development establishes continuity. We were referred to State Statute 38.12 para 3(d) which requires written contracts for District Directors that set forth all terms and conditions of employment. It was noted that the President/CEO needs diverse feedback to be successful.

During noon break, Dr. Shelly Mondeik introduced her leadership team, announced MSTC 1970 graduate Wayne Bushman as the Distinguished Alumni award winner, and acknowledged Carla Hedtke of NWTC who has served as Trustee since 1995 as the DBA Board Member of the Year.

In the afternoon we toured MSTC Partner – Aspirus, which was created using grant funding and provides classroom space for Health Science and nursing programs. Demonstrations were given of taking blood samples, using the anatomage table (which features actual CT scans of human cadavers) for training, and ‘live’ childbirth using automated mannequins. During a drive-thru of the Wisconsin Rapids campus, Dr Mondeik noted the MSTC district covers eight counties and twelve K-12 districts.

At the evening banquet, the 2021 Tech Education Champion award was presented to Frito Lay of Beloit. Accepting the award was Rob Hendrickson...enjoy your Fritos...!

WTCS has elected new Officers

Legal Issues Seminar, again hosted by WCTC, will be in Pewaukee, October 27th-30th.

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