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Mid-State Technical College selects Dr. Shelly Mondeik as sixth president

Dr. Shelly MondeikThe Mid-State Technical College District Board is delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Shelly Mondeik as the college’s sixth president. Mondeik will join the college on June 1st. She was selected from a pool of more than thirty candidates from across the United States. The college began the presidential search last fall after Dr. Sue Budjac announced she will retire in summer, 2017.

In announcing the selection, District Board Chairperson Betty Bruski Mallek noted that Mondeik is the quintessential technical college leader. “Shelly Mondeik is herself a Wisconsin technical college graduate. She started her career in the private sector. She went on to teach at the technical college level and to move up through leadership to become a highly regarded vice president at neighboring Northcentral Technical College,” Mallek said. “Shelly Mondeik is a central Wisconsin person through and through and is a proven leader in the Wisconsin Technical College System.”  

Mondeik has served since 2010 as Vice President for Learning and Chief Academic Officer at Northcentral Technical College, headquartered in Wausau. She holds leadership positions at the national, state and regional level including chairing the board of the Community College Consortium for Agriculture Advancement, serving on the advisory board of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and leading the Wisconsin Technical College System’s statewide “credit for prior learning” initiative to better recognize the work and life experience Wisconsinites bring to college.

The Mid-State Board was impressed with Mondeik’s strong track record of building community relationships and partnerships. She is president-elect of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Workforce Hub Steering Committee of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “Shelly has earned a reputation as a leader who works tirelessly to ensure her college meets business, industry and community needs,” according to Mallek. “She also has great experience working with public officials at the local, state and national level,” Mallek added.

The Mid-State Board also noted Mondeik’s commitment to balance continued progress on important college initiatives with new energy and new ideas. “We were looking for a leader who will maintain momentum on our strategic plan and culture of accountability while leading us to exciting new accomplishments,” Mallek said.

Mondeik earned a doctorate in educational leadership at Madison’s Edgewood College. She earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in career and technical education at UW-Stout, and an associate degree at Northcentral.

The District Board shaped the presidential search profile based in part on a series of seven forums it conducted in September, 2016, with community leaders and college faculty and staff in Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Stevens Point and Adams. Don Stevens + Associates of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, assisted the college with the search.


Apply NowMid-State Technical College Invites Applications for the Position of President

The Mid-State Technical College District Board has launched a national search for the college’s sixth president. The new president will follow Dr. Sue Budjac, who is retiring in summer 2017.

Tucked away in the heart of scenic central Wisconsin, Mid-State Technical College is the educational provider of choice for its communities. Mid-State’s established mission, vision, core values, strategic directions, key results, and cultural shifts drive its success, and its legacy of strong leadership has nurtured a positive and forward-looking college. Mid-State’s high-quality academics and connection to the communities it serves recently led to its 10-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

The college is seeking a visionary leader to build on its successes while remaining responsive to our students, staff, residents, and employers.

Mid-State’s new president will be strongly invested in the college’s strategic plan to:

  • Be the very best provider of higher education for our communities.
  • Enhance positive impact on students and their paths to success.
  • Enrich our contributions to area economic development by ensuring we are meeting changing workforce and community needs.
  • Adapt to changing student and community demographics.

Mid-State’s next president will serve as a chief executive officer reporting to a nine-member District Board and will lead a strong, stable, and community-connected college. The president will join a student-focused and quality-driven team with passionate board members, leaders, and employees.

The president will be a person with high energy, good humor, finely tuned people skills, and an optimistic outlook on life. This visionary leader will be of sound character and good judgment.


To be considered for this position, a candidate must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution is preferred. A minimum of an earned master’s degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in higher education, educational administration, or other appropriate discipline is required.
  • A strong record of academic, executive, and/or administrative leadership is required, preferably in a technical college or community college setting. A record of teaching experience will be considered valuable qualification.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Drive organizational and cultural changes needed to achieve strategic objectives; catalyze new approaches to improve results by transforming organizational culture, systems, or products/services; help others overcome resistance to change.
    • Motivate increased employee effort by communicating a compelling view of the organization’s purpose and its future state in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and feel how outcomes will be different when progress is achieved.
    • Translate strategic priorities into operational reality; align communication, accountabilities, resource capabilities, internal processes, and ongoing measurement systems to ensure that strategic priorities yield measurable and sustainable results.
    • Drive high standards; tenaciously work to meet or exceed challenging goals; define success by goal achievement and continuous improvement.
    • Embrace Mid-State’s Core Values of student centeredness, commitment, accountability, respect, integrity, and exceptional service.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of and commitment to the comprehensive technical college mission.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the achievement of excellence in all elements of institutional operations.
  • Possess proven leadership skills with a decisive, yet open, participatory and consultative approach to engaging college employees and community members.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build a strong, productive leadership team, effectively delegating responsibilities and requiring appropriate accountability.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency with an understanding, sensitivity, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and multicultural, linguistic, disability and ethnic backgrounds of students, and encourage and support increased diversity.
  • Be a dedicated leader and a passionate advocate with an understanding of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead, direct, and manage organizational and fiscal resources by effectively administering budget and financial management operations, while delegating appropriate decision-making authority to divisions and departments.
  • Be dedicated to building community relationships and serving as a visible leader in the community with a strong commitment to learning, understanding, and collaborating with external communities, including business, government, and community agencies.
  • Possess the ability to promote the college to leaders in agriculture, business, industry, government, the legislature, education, community groups, and to alumni and students.
  • Be dedicated to strategic planning and continuous quality improvement.
  • Be aware of and committed to the use of technology in the delivery of programs and the maintenance of institutional data and information.
  • Be a resourceful advocate for the college by encouraging and supporting external funding and innovative fundraising to expand programs and services.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in all areas of teaching and learning, including trends related to flexible and technology-enhanced learning, student access and success, institutional accreditation, career readiness, and the assessment of learning achievement.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the position of president, a candidate must submit an online application at\careers and upload the following materials at the time of submission:

  • A letter of application describing the candidate’s interest in the position and how the candidate’s qualifications, skills, attributes, and experience meet those desired for the position.
  • A detailed résumé listing professional accomplishments including the candidate’s academic accomplishments and employment history.
  • The names and contact information of at least three and no more than five professional references.

Application materials submitted in person or via mail, fax, email will not be considered.

Incomplete applications or applications noting "see résumé" will not be considered.

Continuous recruitment with first review of completed applications starting November 8, 2016. Applications received on or after November 8, 2016 may be considered in a secondary pool.

Additional Information for Candidates

Confidentiality:  A candidate who wishes to keep his/her candidacy confidential to the extent permitted under Wisconsin law must request confidentiality in the online application form; however, Wisconsin law requires that the name of any candidate who is selected as a finalist for the position be made public upon request. Accordingly, Mid-State Technical College cannot ensure the confidentiality of a candidate’s name once the candidate is considered a finalist for the position.

Mid-State Technical College, an equal opportunity employer and educator, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or other applicable legislated categories, in its services, employment programs, and/or educational programs and activities, including but not limited to admission, treatment, and access. Mid-State Technical College provides reasonable accommodations to assist persons with disabilities to access or participate in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: VP-Human Resources, 32nd Street N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494, Phone: 715.422.5325.

The Mid-State Board has engaged Don Stevens + Associates (DS+A) to assist with this search. Any inquiry should be directed to DS+A via Paul Gabriel ( or Don Stevens (