Stan Spanbauer, former president of Fox Valley Technical College, was announced as the system's future president at the board's meeting this week. Spanbauer
will officially take over Sept. 4.
...Along with an educational specialist degree in vocational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a doctorate in education administration degree from UW-Madison, Spanbauer earned a bachelor's and master's degree from UW-Oshkosh in education and guidance counseling respectively earlier in his career.He's been an professional educational consultant for the past six years. Spanbauer
was first considered as a candidate three weeks ago, after the previous candidate accepted another position. Spanbauer
said the current state of the UCS system, which became unified about three years ago, is similar to the development of FVTC
.Spanbauer was vice president of academic affairs at the technical college when it was formed in 1967, and began his 16-year term as president in 1982. In his career the 70-year-old Spanbauer has earned several teaching and administrative awards including the College Trustees Association's Administrator of the Year award in 1990 for his work as president of FVTC. Although he is starting his term with the system at a time when many are usually retiring, Spanbauer said he plans to work as president of the system as long as the board wants him.
"I don't want people to think I'm short-term," Spanbauer
said. Spanbauer said increasing enrollment, upgrading the system's facilities and involving "people who are on limited incomes to participate in parochial education," are his three main challenges as he begins as president.
The last goal is also part of a strategic plan Spanbauer has been working on with other school officials since February.The first draft of the long-range plan for the system was introduced to the system board this month.
The plan, which has 11 main goals, is expected to be adopted in October and implemented throughout the next three years, Spanbauer
had five children go through the Catholic school system, and he
currently has two grandchildren attending St. John Neumann Middle School.
"While the system is excellent and the standards and student achievement records are superb, I think there is some greater need for people to work together as a system as opposed to separate schools," Spanbauer
"I just see myself as providing leadership for the people to help themselves."