WTC System: Board selects finalists for president

Marion C. Smith, 414-225-2760

MADISON – Following a nationwide search, the Wisconsin Technical College System Board has chosen four finalists for the position of system president. The Board reached consensus on the finalists Tuesday after an extensive recruitment, interview, and screening process by its Search and Screen Committee.

The candidates are: Dr. Allen D. Arnold, associate, Intelligen, Charleston, West Virginia; Mr. Daniel Clancy, interim president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, Madison; Dr. Robert M. Meyer, dean, College of Technology, Engineering and Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie; and Dr. Barry E. Stern, executive director of planning for the Center for Community Studies, Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan.

“I’m very pleased with these candidates,” said Anne Reid, a System Board member from West Bend and chairperson of the Search and Screen Committee. “This is a strong list, which will make the selection difficult but will ensure we will have a new leader who will build on the successes of the Wisconsin Technical College System,” Reid added.

Biographical information from the candidates follows:

Arnold currently serves as associate at Intelligen, a full service information technology firm in Charleston, West Virginia since 2003. From 1999 to 2003, he was president and CEO of the Appalachian Educational Laboratory, a non-profit education research, development and service corporation. For seven years prior to that he was president and CEO of Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. Arnold holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia; an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University in Nashville; and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Clancy was appointed interim president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, Madison, in July. He joined the Wisconsin Technical College System in 1996 as vice-president of Finance and Policy. From 1979 to 1996 he served as a fiscal analyst and program supervisor with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Madison. Clancy holds a B.A. in Social Science

from Michigan State University at East Lansing and completed one year of a two-year M.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Public Policy Studies.

Meyer was selected as dean of the College of Technology, Engineering and Management at UW-Stout in 2000, where he is also director of the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC). From 1997 to 2000, Meyer was the college’s associate dean of outreach. He was also an associate dean and professor at UW-Stout. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; an M.S. in Management Technology from UW-Stout at Menomonie; and a B.A. in Industrial Education at UW-Stout at Menomonie.

Stern was appointed executive director of planning at the Center for Community Studies, Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan, in 2003. From 1999 to 2002 he was director of policy and planning for the Michigan Department of Career Development in Lansing, Michigan. Stern has also been president of Barry Stern and Associates, Public Perform Info Systems since 1986. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Planning and International Development from Stanford University in California; an M.S. in Health and Physical Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana; and a B.S. in Physical Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Final interviews with the full WTC System Board of Directors are being scheduled for December 7. The new president will succeed former President Richard Carpenter, who left the system to become president of the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

Wisconsin Technical College’s offer more than 300 programs to community residents who receive two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. Wisconsin’s business and industry turn to the technical colleges for customized training and technical assistance. One out of every nine adults in the state uses the 16 technical colleges for career preparation and continuing education each year. The WTC System Web site can be found at