John C. Mason has said good-bye to his fellow board members and resigned his seat on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board after serving since July 2000. The board recognized his service with a Resolution of Appreciation and a plaque at its Jan. 16 meeting.
Mason served terms as board chairperson and vice chairperson during his seven-year tenure. He is currently the administrator of the Herman School District in Dodge County.
Mason thanked the members of the board, Dr. Hytrek and Moraine Park staff for making his board experience a great one. “I have enjoyed my time on the board and appreciate having had the opportunity to be an integral part of such a strong educational institution,” he said. “I wish the College continued success as you move forward with meeting the needs and expectations of the Moraine Park District.”
“Moraine Park will miss John’s dedication to the College and his strong leadership,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “John was chairperson of the board when I assumed the presidency of Moraine Park, and his leadership allowed the College to make great gains in meeting the skilled workforce needs of our district. I will greatly miss having John on our board.”
A Lomira resident, Mason was appointed as the school district administrator member to the Moraine Park District Board on July 10, 2000, while serving as the former superintendent of the Lomira School District. When joining the board, Mason expressed a desire to help members continue to build on and improve the good working relationship the College had developed with the area high schools, and to become more familiar with Moraine Park’s role in meeting the needs of area high school graduates and adults who wish to further their education.
During his tenure, he was an advocate for increased partnerships with the district high schools and watched Tech Prep agreements grow from 154 transcripted credit agreements to 214 agreements. In addition, Moraine Park expanded health care programming and increased offerings through a health care addition to the Fond du Lac campus. Learning environments were enhanced with new state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center. The Barber/Cosmetologist and Culinary Arts programs also benefited from renovations during Mason’s tenure.
Mason holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Mary’s University and Winona State University. He has been a teacher, a principal and superintendent of the Lomira School District. In addition, Mason has been involved in many professional, civic and educational organizations.