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WITC names new Academic Dean

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has recently promoted Karen Hoglund to Academic Dean of its trade and technical programs.

(10/20/14): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has recently promoted Karen Hoglund to academic dean of its trade and technical programs.

“I am excited to work with such a talented and passionate team of faculty and deans,” said Hoglund. “I thrive on the challenges that this position will bring and my hopes are to enhance what is already being done and make improvements where needed.”

Hoglund served as an admission advisor at WITC’s Ashland campus for the past 10 years.

“She comes to us with much practical experience in the small business world, supervision and experience with helping students as admission advisor for student services,” said Randy Deli, WITC divisional dean, trade/technical, agriculture and apprenticeship. “Karen is an excellent listener, an advocate for faculty and will work to support and take down barriers for the faculty.  She has real life small business experience, has been a supervisor and has a great family, which supports her in this new position.”

 As academic dean, Hoglund will have multiple campus supervisor responsibilities. She will be supervising WITC’s architectural commercial design, CNC machine tool operation, heating ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R), machine tool operation, machine tool technician, marine repair technician, residential construction and cabinetmaking, and welding programs. 

 “My goals as an academic dean will be to create professional relationships with the faculty to provide the best service to them to maximize their efforts in their classrooms,” said Hoglund. “Another goal will be to establish professional relationships with employers in business and industry to ensure we are meeting their needs and modifying curriculum to assist our students to stay competitive in the job market.”

 “Karen knows WITC’s systems and processes,” said Deli. “She is bringing in her knowledge and experience with working so closely with students, and this will be a great asset to the department.  Being admissions advisor, requires that you know a lot of background about all WITC programs and the details about each of the programs when being asked the tough questions.”