2017 Distinguished Alumni
The WITC Distinguished Alumni Award was created to honor career achievement and community service. Annually since 1992, WITC has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to outstanding diploma and degree graduates. Alumni selected for the award have distinguished themselves professionally in their careers and have demonstrated extensive service to the college and their community.
Gordon is a 1996 graduate of the microcomputer electronics technician program and has a master’s degree in computer science from University of Minnesota-Duluth. Gordon is an information technology instructor at WITC-Ashland. He has also taught nationwide classes for IT instructors as part of the National Convergence Technology Center, and he teaches Lego® Robotics each summer to area youth. Gordon is also actively involved with WITC and WITC’s students, including an advisory role for the IT Projects Club. As a service-learning project, Gordon helped organize a trip for IT students to Guatemala where they improved educational technology and networking capabilities for a small school there.
Father John is a New Richmond area native who graduated with a degree in Marketing from WITC-New Richmond in 1982. After many years working in different capacities outside of New Richmond, he felt his calling to become a pastor. An opening at Immaculate Conception brought him back to his hometown in 2015. He is very involved in the community as a substitute bus driver and active Community Choir member. He also serves on the Fine Arts Council and volunteers in many capacities. He strives to promote youth involvement in both religious and civic organizations, and is seen regularly at high school sporting events and community festivals. He will be speaking at the May 19 WITC graduation ceremonies.
Jeff French is the current Barron County Administrator. He came to WITC after a work injury forced him to find a new profession. He received two Associate Degrees from WITC-Rice Lake: one in Accounting and one in Finance. Following his graduation from WITC, Jeff obtained a BA and an MBA, both in Accounting, from Lakeland College. Jeff is an active member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, International City and County Managers Association, National Association of County Administrators, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin County Executives and Administrators, Barron Area Nordic Trail Association and Calvary Church in Barron.
Tim Maki is a 1990 graduate of the CIS-Programmer/Analyst program. With over 25 years of service to the technical college system, Tim continues to provide technical support, guidance and direction to students, staff and faculty at WITC. He has introduced and implemented new technologies to support the operation of the college and makes it a point to meet with students at each of the four campuses to discuss technology needs. A resident of Spooner WI, Tim has been married to his wife Leah for 31 years. Together they have raised four boys. Tim served on the Blue Line Club, a booster club for the High school hockey team and has coached both baseball and hockey for years.