(Gillette, Wyo.) The search is on to find a suitable candidate to fill the position of CEO and vice president for Gillette College, a position that has not been vacant for nearly 10 years.
The search was sparked with the announcement that Dr. Mark Englert, current CEO and vice president of Gillette College, will be retiring later this year. So far, three candidates have been identified and are the center of attention during a series of public forums and receptions that started yesterday: Dr. Ben Moritz, Jed Jensen, and Janell Oberlander.
During the public reception last night, Moritz revealed his background and what he hopes to accomplish should he be selected to fill the position. Though he is thoroughly educated in music and teaching, Moritz has a substantial amount of experience on the administration side of things while he worked at the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. While there, he directed the honors program, serving as a department chair and overseeing faculty. But it is his more recent experiences that may prove more valuable to the college, especially considering the state of financial difficulty that seems to continually dog the institution’s footsteps.
For the past five years, Moritz has worked at a private company that works with community colleges across the nation. There, he took a hand in creating new partnerships between community colleges, other colleges, and other parties.
“I have a lot of experience doing that and I think my skill set will serve Gillette well,” said Moritz.
Should he be selected to fill the position, Moritz said that the first step to dealing with the college’s financial situation is finding the facts.
“I need to know more about the situation so I have all the details,” he explained. In an overall sense, however, Moritz feels confident that he has a good idea on what the college’s strengths are at the moment, and said that he wants to make sure to keep those going.
In terms of funding, he said that there funding streams that are strong, and funding streams that are not. Moritz firmly believes in identifying where the streams are strong and taking special care not to weaken them.
As for why he chose Gillette College, Moritz said it’s about the community—faculty members that he can develop relationships with and students he can watch students go through programs and succeed, knowing he made an impact in their lives. As for Gillette itself, Moritz once called the region home — mostly growing up in western Nebraska — and knows the area.
“I know the tight knit communities that you get in Wyoming and western Nebraska, and Southern Montana,” he said. “And I like that environment.”