FOND DU LAC, Wis. – April 14, 2011 – Dr. Sheila Ruhland will become the next president of Moraine Park Technical College. Moraine Park District Board Chairperson Jodine Deppisch announced that Dr. Ruhland has accepted the position of Moraine Park president and will join the College in July. The Moraine Park District Board will take official action to approve the employment contract during their April 20 meeting. Dr. Ruhland succeeds Dr. Gayle Hytrek who will retire in June after serving as president since July 2004.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Ruhland joining Moraine Park as our next president,” said Jodine Deppisch, Moraine Park’s District Board chair. “Dr. Ruhland’s experience building and growing partnerships with business and industry, as well as schools and universities, will help her continue to forward Moraine Park’s mission of building and maintaining a competitive workforce. It will also ensure the College continues to provide the training employers need to grow their businesses and the economy.”
Dr. Ruhland currently serves as Vice President of Instruction at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, N.C., where she is responsible for all academic and continuing education programs and distance learning. She also serves as the college’s accreditation liaison. Dr. Ruhland said she is honored to have been selected as Moraine Park’s next president. “I appreciate the board members and the college community recognizing the experience I will bring to the Moraine Park District. I am excited to become part of the team at Moraine Park and a member of the communities we serve.”
As Moraine Park’s new president, Dr. Ruhland will earn $160,000. During her first year, Dr. Ruhland said she plans to listen, learn and develop relationships with the campus community and the many external stakeholders Moraine Park serves. “I will encourage college employees to present new ideas, be involved with developing new programs and services, and recommend improvements,” she said. “Moraine Park is an institution that creates an environment to improve student success while focusing on quality and strategic planning. I look forward to providing continued leadership to Moraine Park and to maintaining its commitment to quality improvement.”
Dr. Ruhland was one of three finalists for the position. The other two finalists were Dr. Kathleen Brock, dean of instruction at Ridgewater College in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minn.; and Mr. Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and student affairs at Moraine Park. All three finalists participated in on-site interviews with the Moraine Park District Board as well as meet and greet sessions with key college and community stakeholders. They also participated in forums open to staff and the community.
Dr. Ruhland looks forward to maintaining the unique opportunities Moraine Park is providing as a respected and preferred educational leader and to positioning the college within Wisconsin’s educational and training system. “With the pending implementation of the Budget Reform Bill and the impact to Moraine Park’s budget planning for 2011-2013 and beyond, the college’s faculty and staff will need leadership to support and implement doing more with less,” said Ruhland. “Faced with the continued increase in demands for both programs and services, and with revenues declining, I am confident the college recognizes the work that is ahead and the challenges we will be faced with. I look forward to working with the District Board to meet these challenges while continuing to serve our educational and business communities.”
Dr. Ruhland holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Continuing and Vocational Education with a minor in Educational Administration, and a Master of Science degree in Continuing and Vocational Education, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Distributive Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. Prior to her current position, Dr. Ruhland served as Vice President of Instruction at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Ore.; Assistant Professor in the Department of Work, Community and Family Education at the University of Minn.; Dean of Business at Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis.; Dean of Business and Marketing at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wis.; and as an instructor at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis.
Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.