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Departing leader named president emeritus of college

WITC president Bob Meyer, right, was recently named President Emeritus by the WITC Board of Trustees. Meyer is pictured here with WITC Board of Trustees Chair Morrie Veilleux.

(8/7/14): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College president Bob Meyer has been named President Emeritus by the WITC Board of Trustees. He received this honor at the WITC Administrative Office in Shell Lake on July 14. President Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed on a president who has served with distinction.

“The WITC Board of Trustees was unanimous in seeking ways to recognize the outstanding work Dr. Meyer has done in his six years as WITC President,” said Board Chair Morrie Veilleux. “Previously, the Trustees have recognized individuals who have made a great impact on our college. They felt Dr. Meyer's work the past six years has allowed the college to meet the needs of our residents in an exceptional manner. His administrative and personal skills have assisted the college in achieving national recognition and more importantly meeting the educational and training needs of our district's residents. He has had a positive and proactive relationship with employees, district residents and locally-elected officials both at the state and federal level.”

During Meyer’s time at WITC, the college has been ranked three times in the top ten among two-year colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine. He also worked tirelessly to promote technical college education and manufacturing careers throughout Wisconsin.

“It is a distinct privilege to have been honored by the WITC Board of Trustees with President Emeritus status,” said Meyer. “I have been incredibly fortunate to have been able to serve as the college’s president and work with a staff and board that are entirely focused on student success.”

This award marks a transition for the college. In May, Meyer announced his acceptance of the position of Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He will remain with WITC until August 15.

“Not only has my tenure at WITC been enjoyable, but I’ve also learned so much from my colleagues that I will carry forward in my new role as UW-Stout’s next Chancellor,” said Meyer. “WITC will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m genuinely grateful for having had the opportunity to work with and grow with such amazing students and staff.”

“The Board of Trustees wishes Dr. Meyer well in his new endeavor at UW-Stout,” said Veilleux. “We know he will be a great asset to the UW system and will be bring the same level of integrity, work ethic, and student-focus. He has helped WITC grow immensely and we are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him.”

Current WITC Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness Ellen Riely Hauser will serve as interim president effective August 16 until new college president John Will is able to fill the position on September 2.

Will has served in many capacities with WITC, including as chief operating officer until 2011. In addition to his experience at WITC, he has held positions with such organizations as St. Paul, Minnesota,-based Springsted as vice president and client representative; chief operating officer with Impact Seven in Almena, Wisconsin; and business manager with the Spooner Area School District in Spooner, Wisconsin.