Moraine Park dean joins WATDA Foundation board

by admin12. November 2008 19:00

James Eden of Saukville, executive dean of instruction at Moraine Park Technical College, has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA). He will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

 Professional photo of James Eden.

Located in Madison, WATDA is the only trade organization representing more than 860 franchised and used car and truck dealers in the state. The purpose of the WATDA Foundation is to fund education, research and charitable giving. Its primary programs focus on scholarships and career awareness to increase the quality and quantity of young people entering the retail auto/truck service industry in Wisconsin.


Eden has an automotive background, having earned an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse. He worked as a repair technician for 12 years, including three years as an owner/operator of an automotive repair business. In 1988, he became an automotive instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College where he progressed to mid-level manager then campus manager.


He also holds a bachelor of science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a master of business administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University where he is completing his dissertation for a doctoral degree in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service program.


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