Presdential Search Posts

EWC Trustees announce Travers as next president

Dr. Lesley Travers

Dr. Lesley Travers

After deliberation, the Eastern Wyoming College Board is excited to announce that Dr. Lesley Travers, of Casper, Wyoming, has been offered, and has accepted, the position of EWC President.  The Board looks forward to the arrival of Dr. Travers and to the continued expansion of EWC and its missions within our communities.

“As the torch is passed to a new leader, I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Dr. Rick Patterson for his commitment and dedication to EWC as witnessed by his willingness to assume the Presidency at a difficult moment for our college, and to steer it successfully through the stressful situations created by significant funding cuts imposed during a period of decreasing funding from the State of Wyoming,” said EWC Trustee President John Patrick.

The EWC Trustees have just completed a highly structured search, led by Gold Hills Associates, which has included all constituencies within EWC, as well as external communities.  This process resulted in six highly qualified applicants visiting the EWC campuses in Torrington and Douglas, and participating in the final selection steps.  “The Board felt confident that any one of those candidates would have been an effective and capable President, and thanks them for their interest in EWC,” added Patrick.

Dr. Travers will begin her term as President on July 1, 2017.

“Today I am excited about everything,” shared Travers.  “This is the realization of a huge dream and I am humbled and honored to be chosen as Eastern Wyoming College’s President.  Eastern Wyoming College has a great history that spans almost 70 years and is a leader among Wyoming community colleges.  It is with excitement and trepidation as I look ahead to the coming years.

“With all of the opportunities and challenges that come with this position; I will endeavor to bring my best to this college every day; you can expect lots of energy and new ideas.  You can also expect good listening and hard work.  When you start with a dynamic college, great people and students that are willing to learn, you can’t go wrong.”

“Thank you for placing your trust and faith in me as President and I look forward to getting to know the college community, the Torrington community and the six counties and outreach centers that we provide services to in Wyoming.  I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity and cannot wait to see the challenges that lie ahead,” said Travers.

Dr. Lesley Travers, Ph.D. is from Casper, WY.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor Native American Studies, from the University of Montana, a Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Wyoming/Casper College and Doctorate in Higher Education and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wyoming.  She also holds the following licenses in the State of Wyoming:  Marriage and Family Therapist, Addictions Therapist, and Professional Counselor.  She is also a National Board Certified Counselor.

She currently serves as the Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Casper College, a position she has held since 2009.

From 2002-2009 she was the Department Head of Addictionology at Casper College.  Since 1993 she has owned and operated her own consultant, mediation and private practice in Casper.  She served as a Treatment Coordinator at Casper Alternatives from 2001-2002 and was an adjunct faculty member at Casper College from 2000-2001.

While attending the University of Wyoming she was a Graduate Assistant.  She has served as the Executive Director, Director of Administration, and General Business Manager for the following organizations:  Brain Injury Association of Wyoming, JETS Technology, Northern Arapaho Trust and Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc.  She also has over 10 years of counseling experience from 1979 to 1987 while in Montana.

She received the Wyoming Counseling Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, was nominated for the Outstanding Administrator Award in 2012, 2016 and 2017.  She received the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award in 2009 and the Wyoming Counseling Association Outstanding Service Award in 2008.  In 2007 she was nominated for the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator award and the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honorary, University of Wyoming, 1999-present.  She has done numerous local, state and national presentations and has been involved with research projects and publications.  On the Casper College campus, she was involved in several campus leadership and committee experiences.

EWC announces candidate forums for McCalla and Carstens

Eastern Wyoming College has announced the open forums for the final two presidential search candidates the week of April 24-28.  These will be the final two forums held before the Board of Trustees selects the new president of the college.

Finalist Kelly B. McCalla, M.A. will be on the Torrington Campus on Monday, April 24th with an open forum to be held at 1:30 – 2:45 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  Mr. McCalla will be on the Douglas Campus for an open forum to be held on Tuesday, April 25th, 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Finalist D. Ryan Carstens, Ed.D. will have an open forum on the Torrington Campus on Thursday, April 27th, 1:30 – 2:45 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  Dr. Carstens will be on the Douglas Campus on Friday, April 28th, 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Community members, students and others who are interested are invited to attend all open forums.  Input will be solicited from those in attendance.

 McCalla

McCalla

Kelly B. McCalla, M.A., is from Austin, MN.  He received an Associate of Arts, General Studies, from Brainerd Community College in 1983, a Bachelor of Arts, English, minor Mass Communications, from Bemidji State University in 1985 and a Master of Arts in English from Bemidji State University in 1988.  He is currently in an Educational Leadership Doctoral Studies program at the University of St. Thomas.

Mr. McCalla is currently the Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Riverland Community College serving Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna, Minnesota.  This interim appointment is scheduled for September 2016-June 2018.  He is currently on leave from his position of Dean of Academic Affairs from Riverland Community College to serve his interim appointment.  This is a position held from July 2014 – August 2016.  From January 2014-June 2014, he served as the Interim Dean of Academic Affairs for Career and Technical Education at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN.  Mr. McCalla was the Dean of Arts and Sciences as well as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer for Central Lakes College from July 2008 – December 2013.

He was elected and served as a school board member and chair in District 182, Crosby-Ironton Schools in Crosby, MN from January 2009-January 2013.  From August 2005 to June 2008 and December 1992 to September 1997, he was an English, Mass Communication and Workplace Skills Instructor for Central Lakes College.  Mr. McCalla served as the assistant to the State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development on a full-time sabbatical position from October 2004 – September 2005 and also October 2005 – January 2007 on a part-time and continuing project-based contract.  From October 1997 to August 2004 he was the Director of Academic Services/Instructional Technologist at Central Lakes College.

Mr. McCalla was the co-recipient of the 2013 Minnesota State Best Practices in Diversity Award as well as the co-recipient of the 2013 Resources for Relationships in Diversity Award.  He was recognized as the 2012 Minnesota State System Outstanding Academic and Student Affairs Administrator, the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society Administrator of the Year and Alumni of the Year.  In 2010 he was a graduate of the Cuyuna Lakes Cohort of the Blandin Community Leadership Program and a 2008 graduate of the McSCU Board of Trustees Luoma Leadership/Chair Academy Program.

He is a very active and involved community member and has presented at many conferences locally, regionally and nationally.

Carstens

Carstens

D. Ryan Carstens is from Spokane, WA where he is currently serving as the President of Spokane Community College.  A position he has held since July 2015.  He received a Bachelor of Science in German (Social Studies minor) from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Carstens also did graduate work with the League for Innovation in the Community College, Executive Leadership Institute.  He received his Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, Community College Leadership Program, Educational Administration.

Prior to his current position he was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at New Mexico State University, from March 2014 – July 2015.  In the Spring of 2014, he served as the Interim Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Moreno Valley College and from 2012-2014 was the Associate Provost, Education and Community Partnerships at Salt Lake Community College.  Dr. Carstens served in several leadership roles for over 12 years for the Lone Star College System, from 1999 to 2011, holding the following positions:  Chair, SACS Accreditation Quality Enhancement Plan, Dean of Educational Services, Dean of Educational Initiatives & Technology Services, and District Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology.

From 1997-1999 he was the Director of Distance Learning and Technologies Services at Eastern Idaho Technical College.  He served as the Dean/VP of Distance Learning and Information Technologies Services at Rio Salado College from 1994-1996 and the Dean of Educational Resources from 1992-1994 at El Centro College.  At Yavapai College he was the Department Chair and Director of Instructional Telecommunications and Yavapai County Extension Services from 1989-1992.  He was the Coordinator of Instructional Technology Services at Central Arizona College from 1986-1989 and a Faculty Member and Director of the Technology Center for Teachers at the University of Houston –Victoria from 1984-1986.

He is a graduate of Leadership Otero, 2015 and Leadership North Houston in 2004.  In 2001 he was the Lone Star College System Employee of the Month.  He has been a contributor to many publications and presented at many meetings and conferences.

For more information on the Presidential Search at Eastern Wyoming College call 307.532.8303.

EWC announces next two presidential candidate forums for finalists Travers and Long

Lesley Travers, Ph.D.

Lesley Travers, Ph.D.

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that the next two finalists in the presidential search will have forums the week of April 17-21.

Finalist Lesley Travers, Ph.D., will be on the Torrington Campus on Tuesday, April 18th with an open forum to be held at 1:30 – 2:45 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  Dr. Travers will be on the Douglas Campus on Wednesday, April 19th for an open forum to be held at 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.

On Thursday, April 20th, finalist Andrew Long, M.S., will have an open forum on the Torrington Campus at 1:30-2:45 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  Mr. Long will be at the Douglas Campus on Friday, April 21st for an open forum from 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.

All forums are open to community members, students and anyone interested in attending.  Input will be solicited from those in attendance.

Lesley Travers, Ph.D. is from Casper, WY.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor Native American Studies, from the University of Montana, a Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Wyoming/Casper College and Doctorate in Higher Education and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wyoming.  She also holds the following licenses in the State of Wyoming:  Marriage and Family Therapist, Addictions Therapist, and Professional Counselor.  She is also a National Board Certified Counselor.

She currently serves as the Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Casper College, a position she has held since 2009.

From 2002-2009 she was the Department Head of Addictionology at Casper College.  Since 1993 she has owned and operated her own consultant, meditation and private practice in Casper.  She served as a Treatment Coordinator at Casper Alternatives from 2001-2002 and was an adjunct faculty member at Casper College from 2000-2001.

While attending the University of Wyoming she was a Graduate Assistant.  She has served as the Executive Director, Director of Administration, and General Business Manager for the following organizations:  Brain Injury Association of Wyoming, JETS Technology, Northern Arapaho Trust and Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc.  She also has over 10 years of counseling experience from 1979 to 1987 while in Montana.

She received the Wyoming Counseling Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, was nominated for the Outstanding Administrator Award in 2012, 2016 and 2017.  She received the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award in 2009 and the Wyoming Counseling Association Outstanding Service Award in 2008.  In 2007 she was nominated for the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator award and the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honorary, University of Wyoming, 1999-present.

She has done numerous local, state and national presentations and has been involved with research projects and publications.  On the Casper College campus, she was involved in several campus leadership and committee experiences.

Andrew Long, M.S.

Andrew Long, M.S.

Andrew Long, M.S. is from McCook, NE.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, 7-12 grade social studies and coaching endorsements in 2000.  He received graduate credit hours from Doane College and the University of Nebraska – Kearney.  In 2014 he received a Master of Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Mr. Long is currently serving as the Vice President of Student Affairs and McCook Campus for Mid-Plains Community College, a position he has held since 2013.  Prior to his present position he was at Northeastern Junior College where he served as the Dean of Enrollment Management from 2010-2013 and the Director of Admissions/New Student Enrollment from 2008-2010.  He was an Interviewing Manager at Gallup from 2006-2008.  Mr. Long was a social studies teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Cozad High School from 2004-2006.  From 2000-2004 he was the social studies teacher, head boys’ basketball coach and assistant track coach at South Platte Public Schools in Big Springs, NE.

In 2011-2012 he was recognized at the Professional/Technical Employee of the Year at Northeastern Junior College and was the Outstanding Student Life Supporter in 2010-2011.  He received the Cozad Public Schools Golden Apple Award in 2006 and in 2005 received the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Mr. Long has presented nationally at many conferences and is very involved in the McCook, NE community.

Additional open forums will be held in Torrington and Douglas for the following final candidates:

McCalla – April 24, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
April 25, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus

Carstens – April 27, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
April 28, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus

For more information on the Presidential Search at Eastern Wyoming College call 307.532.8303.

EWC presidential search final candidates Wilkes and Zalesky will have open forums April 10-13

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that two of the final candidates in the presidential search will have open forums next week, April 10-13.

Finalist Darrell L. Wilkes, Ph.D. will be on the Torrington Campus on Monday, April 10th with an open forum being held in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium, 1:30 – 2:45 pm.  Dr. Wilkes will be on the Douglas Campus on Tuesday, April 11th for an open forum to be held at 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Finalist Doug Zalesky, Ph.D. will have an open forum on the Torrington Campus on Wednesday, April 12th, 1:30 – 2:45 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium.  Dr. Zalesky will be at the Douglas Campus for an open forum on Thursday, April 13th, 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Community members, students and others who are interested are invited to attend all open forums.  These events are free and open to the public and input will be solicited.

Dr. Wilkes is from Hawk Springs, WY and received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 1978, a Master of Science in Animal Science/Breeding and Genetics from the University of Wyoming in 1980 and a Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative Genetics from The Ohio State University in 1983.

Darrell Wilkes, Ph.D.

Darrell Wilkes, Ph.D.

He is currently serving as an adjunct instructor for Eastern Wyoming College where he teaches Reproductive Management.  He is also currently operating Wilkes Angus Ranch located in Hawk Springs.

From 2014-2016, he served as the Genetic Solutions Manager at Thomas Angus Ranch.  He was a District Sales Manager, U.S. Beef Supply Systems Manager, President and CEO, PowerLine Beef Genetics, Inc during his career with ABS Global which spanned from 2002-2013.  He was the co-founder, Vice President of Supply and Vice President of Investor Relations at Future Beef Operations from 1997-2002.  Dr. Wilkes was the Founder and President of Integrated Beef Technologies, LLC from 1994-1997.  He worked for the National Cattlemen’s Association from 1983-1994 where he was the Director of Production and Technical Services for three years and then the Vice President of Research and Industry Information.

Dr. Wilkes was a recipient of the James Middleswarth Memorial Scholarship in 1973, served the University of Wyoming Student Senate in 1976 and was a two-term President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  He was recognized as the L.E. Kunkle Outstanding Graduate Student at The Ohio State University in 1982, Distinguished Alumni of The Ohio State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1984 and Beef Business Manager of the Year for ABS Global in 2006-2007 and 2009-2010. He is a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Angus Association, American Simmental Association, Beef Improvement Federation, Torrington Rotary Club and serves as a Director on the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation.

He was born in Longmont, CO and moved to Wyoming in 1966 where he has owned a ranch since 1987.  His wife is GayLynn and he is a father to three children:  Kelsi, Dillon and Ali.

Dr. Doug Zalesky is from Laramie, WY.  He received an Associate of Science from Eastern Wyoming College, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in animal science, production, a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in animal science, physiology of reproduction and endocrinology and Doctorate from Texas A & M University in Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology.  He did post-doctoral research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in reproductive endocrinology.

Doug Zalesky, Ph.D.

Doug Zalesky, Ph.D.

He has served as the Director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) for the University of Wyoming since 2011.  From 2000-2010 he was the Manager/Research Scientist at Colorado State University, San Juan Basin Research Center in Hesperus, CO.  He was the Extension Beef Specialist for South Dakota State University from 1993-2000.  He held the same position for Louisiana State University from 1991-1993.  He held several Instructor, Research Assistant and Research Technician positions while completing his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Texas A&M University.

At the University of Wyoming he has taught Equine Reproduction, Equine Management, Management of Reproduction, Breeding Soundness Evaluation, Equine Behavior and Welfare and Intellectual Communication in Animal and Veterinary Sciences.  He has also been an adjunct instructor at San Juan Community College and Pueblo Community College/Southwest Campus.

Dr. Zalesky received the Mauro Procknor Memorial Award – Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science, from Texas A&M University in 1986, the Dr. A.M. “Tony” Sorensen, Jr. Achievement Award, Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 1988 and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Service Award, Baton Rouge, LA in 1992.  He received a Certificate of Merit Award from South Dakota Extension Specialist Association in 1995, Friends of 4-H Award from LaPlata County 4-H Association in 2006 and Firefighter of the Year in 2007 from the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Department.  He was recognized as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus from Eastern Wyoming College.

He also has a great deal of community service and volunteerism.  He has published in over 20 publications, 39 peer review abstracts, and 12 extension publications.

Additional open forums will be held in Torrington and Douglas for the following final candidates:

  • Travers – April 18, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 19, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • Long – April 20, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 21, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • McCalla – April 24, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 25, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • Carstens – April 27, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 28, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus

For more information on the Presidential Search at Eastern Wyoming College call 307.532.8303.

EWC announces final candidates and open forums in presidential search

Eastern Wyoming College has announced the final candidates for the president’s position.  Each candidate will have a scheduled open forum time which community, students and others who are interested should plan on attending.

Seventy applications were received for the position of which twelve were selected as semi-finalists.  Of the twelve, there were 10 semi-finalists Skype interviews conducted.  Two candidates had removed themselves from the selection pool.

The selection committee then narrowed the field to 6 finalists.  Each candidate will spend one day on the main Torrington campus and half a day on the Douglas campus.  The 6 finalists and the April dates of their campus visits are listed below.

April 10-11, Darrell L. Wilkes, Ph.D., Hawk Springs, WY
April 12-13, Doug  Zalesky, Ph.D., Laramie, WY
April 18-19, Lesley Travers, Ph.D., Casper, WY
April 20-21, Andrew Long, M.S., McCook, NE
April 24-25, Kelly B. McCalla, M.A., Austin, MN
April 27-28, D. Ryan Carstens, Ed.D., Spokane, WA

Open forums will be held as follows:

  • Wilkes – April 10, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 11, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • Zalesky – April 12, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 13, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • Travers – April 18, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 19, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • Long – April 20, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 21, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • McCalla – April 24, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 25, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
  • Carstens – April 27, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
    April 28, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus

Detailed information on each finalist will be released prior to their scheduled open forum.  The forums are free and open to the public and input from these events will be solicited.  All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the presidential search please contact the college at 307.532.8303.

EWC presidential search updates available on EWC website

The Eastern Wyoming College website has full details of the search for a new president including the presidential profile and timeline.  Progress reports will be posted as new information is available.  The site can be reached directly at ewc.wy.edu/presidentialsearch or through the link on the home page at ewc.wy.edu.

The current timeline is as follows:

February 3          Begin Advertising
March 10             Applications Due
March 23             Search Committee Meeting, selection of semi-finalist candidates
March 27- 31      Skype interviews of semi-finalist candidates and selection of finalists
April 10               Begin interviews of finalists
May 10                 Board deliberates and makes offer to candidate
May 31                 Contract finalized
July 1                   New president start date

The EWC Board of Trustees also have finalized the presidential profile which is listed below.

Qualities and Skills

  • Committed to student success as the primary function for all activities and the vision, values and mission of the comprehensive community college in an agricultural based rural setting
  • Ability to build teams and sense of community and shared goals in an approachable, collaborative and participatory manner with a view to the future and growth
  • Evidence of leadership ability that promotes creativity and innovation in the context of the college’s history, traditions and culture
  • High energy and a highly visible leader willing to actively participate in college and community activities and to respond to internal and external input
  • A strong record of personal integrity and professional ethics and the ability to build trust and resolve conflicts
  • Effective communication and listening skills to promote the college with current and prospective students and their families, alumni, elected officials, donors, business and community leaders and the internal and external community, especially to articulate the vision, values and future of the college
  • Personal characteristics of good judgement and approachability
  • Understanding of the major issues and trends affecting community colleges
  • Commitment to support transfer, career and technical, developmental, continuing education and grant programs
  • Ability to utilize evidence based decision making and commitment to the use of technology in higher education
  • Commitment to professional development and the equal treatment of all
  • Commitment to and support of inclusion and diversity
  • Willingness to take risks and delegate
  • Experience with data informed continuous improvement
  • Strong leadership and decision making style based on collaborative relationships that empower others

Experiences

  • Expertise in strategic planning, resource development and management that protects and maximizes college resources
  • Ability to develop partnerships with K-12, university and public and private sector organizations that result in measurable improvements
  • Experience, knowledge and commitment to fundraising and grant development
  • Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in enrollment management, policy development, distance education and off-campus learning centers
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of accreditation standards and compliance requirements
  • Ability to develop or maintain legislative, state system and community relations
  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge of funding models and performance funding, including student outcomes and enrollment management
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of athletic programs, residence halls and student activities
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of program development, including academic, career and technical, community education and student intervention initiatives
  • Support workforce and economic development activities
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of building a strong and trusting relationship with a Board of Trustees based on mutual respect and understanding roles

Qualifications

  • A master’s degree from a regional accredited college or university, doctorate preferred
  • Experience as a senior higher education administrator, preferably at a community or technical college. Equivalent experience in business, industry, education or government may be substituted
  • College or university teaching experience is preferred but not required

For questions concerning the EWC Presidential Search please contact search liaison Holly Branham at 307.532.8303.

Community invited to participate in developing presidential profile

The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees is beginning the search for a new president and are committed to offering the community opportunities to provide input.  Members of the community are invited to participate in a community forum to provide suggestions on the presidential profile.  This open forum will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017, 4:30-5:30 pm.  Dr. Walt Nolte, EWC’s search consultant will be on campus conducting the forum.  The forum will be held in the Dolores Kaufman Boardroom, Tebbet Classroom Building, Room 274.

Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.  If you are unable to participate in person, but would like to provide feedback, please email your comments to:  presidential.search@ewc.wy.edu.

For more information please contact Holly Branham, Search Liaison at 307.532.8303.

EWC Board of Trustees seeking interested community members

The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees have begun the search process for a new president.  The Trustees have engaged the services of Gold Hill Associates to conduct the search and are seeking individuals interested in serving on the search committee.  The Board will appoint a committee that represents our college constituents with regard to gender, ethnicity and length of tenure.

Interested parties should submit their name on the form provided at ewc.wy.edu/presidentialsearch.  The deadline for submission is January 17, 2017.

Questions should be directed to Holly Branham, Search Liaison at 307.532.8303 or by email at holly.branham@ewc.wy.edu.

EWC Board of Trustees announce retirement of President Dr. Patterson

Dr. Richard Patterson

Dr. Richard Patterson

Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees have announced the retirement of Dr. Richard Patterson, President, effective June 30, 2017.  Dr. Patterson has held the position of President since 2014.

“We would like to thank Dr. Patterson for the job that he has done over the last two plus years and will continue for the next few months.  He has helped guide us through some tough times and the future is bright for EWC,” state EWC Board of Trustees President Lowell Kautz.  “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Dr. Patterson’s time at EWC first began when he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1983.  He returned in 1985-1986 for a counseling internship.  He was the Director of Counseling and Placement from 1986-1990.  Dr. Patterson returned to EWC in 2004 as a criminal justice instructor.  He spent one year as a division chair.  The Board of Trustees appointed him Interim President in September of 2014.  He was named President in January 2015.

“Over the past two and a half years we have worked together to address many issues and challenges.  Without question, there will be more in the future, but it appears we are now in a period of relative stability and it is time for someone else to take the helm.  The emphasis during my tenure has been on guiding us through the storms, but I believe someone else can better lead the college forward from here,” stated Dr. Patterson.

According to Trustee Kautz, the Trustees will start a search in the near future for a new college president.  “This will be a long process but we are confident that this will be done by the time that Dr. Patterson officially retires the end of June.”