Mid-State District Board Selects Presidential Finalists

Mid-State District Board Selects Presidential Finalists

January 24, 2017

The Mid-State Technical College District Board is pleased to announce the selection of two finalists for the position of college president.  Dr. Jon Mandrell and Dr. Shelly Mondeik will visit Mid-State to meet with the board and the college community during events planned for February 20th.  In making the announcement, District Board Chairperson Betty Bruski Mallek added: “The board is delighted to have considered more than thirty great candidates for president.  Both Dr. Mandrell and Dr. Mondeik are proven leaders in technical and community colleges, and both have the experience and skills to lead Mid-State in serving our always-evolving district.” 


Dr. Jon Mandrell

Jon MandrellDr. Jon Mandrell serves as the Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois where he serves as the college’s Chief Academic Officer and Chief Student Services Officer.  In that role, he provides leadership to the college’s academic departments and student services programs.  Since joining the college in 2008, he has also served as a faculty member and as Dean of Instructional Services.  Prior to joining Sauk Valley, Mandrell served as a police officer in Oregon, Illinois.  Dr. Mandrell earned a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice Administration at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. 

Dr. Mandrell has led Sauk Valley Community College’s efforts in student success and retention, including through the creation of an award-winning First-Year Experience Program and a one-stop Student Services Center.  He is active in numerous college partnerships with business and industry, K-12 and other organizations.  He has served on the Illinois Workforce Investment Board and on the Illinois Community College Board Dual Credit Taskforce.  He also serves on the boards of directors of the Dixon Family YMCA, the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Sauk Valley Leadership Program. 


Dr. Shelly Mondeik

Shelly MondeikDr. Shelly Mondeik serves as the Vice President for Learning at Northcentral Technical College, headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin.  She serves as Northcentral’s Chief Academic Officer and provides leadership for all educational programming including college curriculum and student assessment.  Since joining Northcentral in 2002, she also has served as a faculty member, program director, clinical coordinator and academic dean.  She also has private sector experience in healthcare.  Dr. Mondeik earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin.  She earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Career & Technical Education from UW-Stout, and an Associate’s degree at Northcentral.

Dr. Mondeik also serves in numerous leadership roles including the chair of the advisory council for the Community College Consortium for Agriculture Advancement, president-elect of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of directors of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership and the Medical College of Wisconsin Advisory Board.  She also chairs the Workforce Hub Steering Committee of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.  As a leader in the Wisconsin Technical College System, Mondeik chairs the statewide Instructional Service Administrators Association and the Credit for Prior Learning Initiative.  She has played an integral role in NTC’s growth by forging relationships with key stakeholders in business and industry and across many community partners.

The Mid-State Board began the presidential search following Dr. Sue Budjac’s announcement that she will retire in July, 2017.  The board is being assisted with the search by Don Stevens + Associates of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.