Waukesha County Technical College Presidential Search

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), the leader in workforce development, has launched a national search for the College’s next president. This new president will follow Kaylen Betzig, who has led WCTC with distinction since 2014, capping a career of more than 30 years of service to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

The College is committed to bettering individual lives and the community, partnering with local high schools and responding to employer needs through hands-on, innovative programming. WCTC offers more than 170 areas of study, including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship (in partnership with business) and short-term certificate programs. Curriculum is shaped with input from hundreds of business and industry professionals who serve on advisory committees to ensure that what is taught in the classroom reflects industry needs, and classes are led by instructors who are masters of their craft.

WCTC serves a vibrant district of 425,000 residents in the metro-Milwaukee area, including Waukesha County and parts of Jefferson, Dodge and Racine counties.

Convenient Location

The main campus is located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, which is 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, 55 miles east of Madison and 100 miles north of Chicago. Additionally, a second campus located in the city of Waukesha houses the College’s dental programs and dental clinic.

The College is situated in a suburban environment that blends the best of urban and rural living. The county offers a variety of outdoor activities, thanks to its numerous lakes, parks and trails, along with a wealth of arts and cultural assets and events. 

Economic Strength

The WCTC district includes some of the state’s most prosperous communities and dynamic businesses. Waukesha County, the district’s core, generates the second highest average per capita income of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. It is home to a strong and growing base of employers in the fields of manufacturing, printing and graphics, information technology, healthcare, education, and professional and business services. Companies such as GE Healthcare Technologies, Quad/Graphics and Kohl’s Corporation are headquartered here.

Additionally, the county is ranked as one of the most highly educated in the state. Residents are committed to high-quality education and support the area’s K-12 and post-secondary institutions.

The College is driven by its dynamic mission, vision and strategic directives. WCTC is dedicated to preparing learners for success within the region and global economy and is an affordable first choice for higher education. The College follows a Guided Pathways framework that focuses on helping students achieve their college completion goals.

Student Success and Innovation

The College has built a student-learning-centered environment and a culture of student success that involves a framework with measurable enrollment, retention and completion goals. WCTC welcomes a breadth of students and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Through comprehensive, hands-on training in state-of-the-art facilities, students develop skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace. WCTC offers career pathways, a system that allows students to stack credentials and work their way toward a degree – in shorter, manageable segments – all while improving career and earning potential along the way.

Beginning in summer 2020, the College will transition to a year-round, 8-week calendar. Data show significantly higher success rates with this innovative calendar, which allows students to build momentum, complete their education in less time and get into the workforce sooner.

By the Numbers

Annually, more than 20,000 students enroll at WCTC, totaling 3,900 full-time equivalent students. Upon completing their studies, 94 percent of WCTC graduates in the job market report they are employed within six months of graduation, and, according to the recent Graduate Success Report, an impressive 98 percent were satisfied or very satisfied with their WCTC education.  For those interested in continuing their studies at four-year institutions, transfer agreements are in place to make transitions seamless.

Not only are graduates connecting with jobs, they are making good wages. For the 15 top-paying degrees, diplomas and apprenticeships at WCTC, grads are earning starting salaries of $49,000 to $75,000.

WCTC also provides high school students with a jump-start in higher education by offering dual credit options that can be applied toward diplomas and degrees. Additionally, the College offers a host of other academic opportunities, such as basic education courses, high school equivalency options, English as a Second Language courses, career-specific professional development and continuing education courses, among others.

Employee Engagement

WCTC is committed to creating an environment also in which its employees thrive. As part of this commitment, the College’s leadership and Employee Engagement team is working to transform the College culture, and to ensure all at WCTC are valued for their contributions.

A good steward of the community, WCTC has developed strong partnerships with businesses, organizations, and K-12 and post-secondary institutions. The College and district have a reciprocal vision for each other’s success, as both work in tandem toward mutually positive goals.

College Governance

The College is governed by a nine-member district board. To ensure it reflects the larger community, the board includes two district employers, two district employees, three community members, a K-12 public school superintendent and one elected official. Board members are selected by an appointment committee consisting of the College district’s four county board chairs.

WCTC Foundation

The independent WCTC Foundation is charged with securing charitable resources to assist WCTC students to achieve their educational goals. In 2018, the foundation reported annual revenue and support of more than $4.3 million, and, since its inception, has raised more than $27 million.

The College exemplifies strong leadership and a culture of accountability as evidenced by its 2017 reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). WCTC has met the rigorous educational and institutional quality standards set forth by the HLC and earned its accreditation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway. With the HLC’s planned phase-out of the AQIP pathway option, the College will move to the new open pathway. Its first portfolio/self-study will be submitted in June 2022. 

WCTC is one of 16 technical colleges that are members of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The WTCS began in 1911 as the nation’s first statewide system of vocational and adult continuation schools. Today’s system grew out of the 1960-70’s legislation providing for groups of contiguous counties and school districts to form regional institutions. Statewide, more than 300,000 people enroll in a Wisconsin technical college annually, making it the largest system of higher education in the state.

Statewide Collaborations and Initiatives

WCTC leadership works closely with the state-level WTCS and other technical colleges on initiatives and collaborative endeavors that benefit colleges and the system as a whole.  The WTCS implements state and federal policy and funding, and provides system-wide coordination and statewide leadership. 

Local Control, Statewide Coordination

Like other districts, WCTC functions as a regional government entity. Individual colleges have broad local authority, which allows each to determine its academic offerings, employ its faculty and staff, establish facilities, set its operating and capital budgets, and more. Statewide, the governor-appointed WTCS Board and its staff serve as the coordinating entity for member colleges. WCTC benefits from balanced local and state control, as both it and the system receive strong support from private sector and elected leaders at the local, state and national levels.

  • 2019 Enrollment: 20,146 totaling 3,880 full-time equivalent students
  • Programs: 48 associate degree, 40 technical diploma, 13 apprenticeships and 68 certificates
  • Largest Programs: Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Business Management, Criminal Justice Studies, IT-Web and Software Developer, Dental Hygiene, IT-Network Specialist, Accounting, ECE, Plumbing ABC Apprentice
  • Operating Budget for 2019-20: $79,771,307
  • Moody Investor Rating: Aaa
  • Employees: 217 regular faculty, 503 adjunct faculty and 301 staff
  • Main Pewaukee Campus: 710,208 square feet on 132 acres
  • Waukesha Campus: 45,010 square feet on five acres

Application Details

The application period has closed and applications are no longer being accepted for this search as of July 31, 2020.

WCTC’s next president will embrace the ideals of WCTC and serve as a chief executive and administrative officer leading a strong, stable and connected College. The president will join a student-focused and quality-driven team with passionate faculty and staff, board members and community partners.

The new president will be a visible leader inside and outside the College and a person of high energy, finely tuned people skills, an inclusive and engaging nature, sound character and good judgment.


To be considered for this position, a candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of an earned master’s degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in higher education, educational administration or other appropriate discipline is required. An earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years demonstrated leadership experience as an academic executive and/or in an administrative leadership role is required. A strong record of academic leadership in a technical college or community college setting is preferred.

Skills, Experience and Abilities

A successful candidate will demonstrate skills, experience and abilities to:

  • Lead organizational and cultural change to achieve strategic objectives; catalyze new approaches to improve results by leading organizational culture, systems, and offerings and services.
  • Motivate the College community by communicating a compelling view of the organization’s purpose and its future in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and how their efforts link directly to institution accomplishments and progress.
  • Promote and advocate for the College, build strong and responsive relationships, serve as a visible community leader and ensure that the College is both valuable to and valued within the district. Build and maintain relationships with business and industry, governmental, educational, economic development, student and alumni groups and individuals.  Ensure the College is well-represented in its collaborative and leadership relationships at the regional, state and national levels.
  • Translate strategic priorities into operational reality; align communication, accountabilities, resource capabilities, internal processes and ongoing measurement systems to ensure that strategic priorities yield measurable and sustainable results.
  • Drive high standards, tenaciously work to meet or exceed challenging and measurable goals, and define success by goal achievement and data-driven improvement.
  • Embrace, exemplify and lead the College’s core Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan and its Circle of Values and standards of practice. As the district’s chief executive, ensure the College translates stakeholders’ needs, along with evolving economic, demographic and technological needs, into relevant programs and services.
  • Ensure the College is an exceptional and accountable steward of resources on behalf of students, taxpayers and other stakeholders.

Other Skills, Attributes and Experience

A successful candidate will also demonstrate the following additional skills, attributes and experience:

  •  An understanding of the technical college mission and the important role of community-based technical and community colleges.
  • Experience working with governing boards.
  • A participatory management philosophy involving and valuing College employees and community members.
  • A commitment to excellence in all areas of teaching and learning, including leading a student-centered and student success-driven college, a commitment to relevant learning environments and technology, student access and success, institutional accreditation, career readiness and the assessment of learning achievement.
  • A commitment to lead, understand and cultivate a culture of inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • A commitment and ability to lead fundraising and to work effectively with an independent college foundation and foundation board.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the position of WCTC president, a candidate must submit an online application and video. All applications require the following attachments to be uploaded at the time of submission:

  1. A letter of application describing the candidate’s interest in the position and how the candidate’s qualifications, skills, attributes and experience meet those required and desired for the position;
  2. A detailed resume (or CV) listing professional accomplishments, including the candidate’s academic credentials and employment history;
  3. In addition to uploading the required documentation above, a candidate must submit a short video using technology included at the application portal.

If selected to interview, all applicants must provide proof of education, i.e. transcripts, copy of diploma, etc. Applicants may attach this documentation to the application if currently available.

Applications may be submitted beginning May 15, 2020. Application materials submitted via mail, fax, email or in-person will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional attachments may be uploaded and might include (but are not limited to) letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, statistical data, etc.

Additional Information for Candidates


A candidate who wishes to keep his/her candidacy confidential to the extent permitted under Wisconsin law must request confidentiality by clicking the “Yes” box in the supplemental information on the application. Wisconsin law requires that the name of any candidate who is a finalist for the position be made public upon request. Accordingly, Waukesha County Technical College cannot ensure the confidentiality of a candidate’s name once the candidate is considered a finalist for the position.

Equal Opportunity

Waukesha County Technical College, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or other basis provided by law, in its services, employment programs, and/or its educational programs and activities, including but not limited to admission, treatment and access. Waukesha County Technical College provides reasonable accommodations to assist persons with disabilities to access or participate in its programs and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Elle Bonds, Director of Talent Operations, WCTC, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072, 262.691.5570, lbonds@wctc.edu.

Search Consultants

Don Stevens + Associates is assisting WCTC with this search. The search consultants may be contacted as follows: