Presidential Search

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Mid-State District Board Selects Presidential Finalists

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.


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 (