Blackhawk Technical College is governed by a nine-member District Board appointed by the Rock and Green County Board Chairs. Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute, the District Board consists of two employer members, two employee members, three additional members, one elected official member who holds a state or local office, and one school district administrator. Board members serve staggered three-year terms.
Each year, three members are appointed to serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The annual appointment process typically begins in February or March. Board members are not paid except for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
In the appointment process, equal consideration is given to the general population distribution within the BTC district, as well as to the distribution of women and minorities. Consideration is also given to representatives of business and industry as required for employer and employee representatives. NOTE: No two members of the BTC District Board may be officials of the same governmental unit, nor may any district board member be a member of the school board that employs the school district administrator member. All applicants are eligible to apply and be considered for the additional member category.
There are four requirements all applicants must meet to be eligible for appointment:
- must reside within the BTC District;
- must submit a properly completed application/affidavit within 14 days of publication of the official announcement;
- must submit at least two letters of reference supporting their candidacy; and
- must attend an appointment meeting/public hearing in person and be interviewed.
Primary Responsibilities of Board Members:
- Meeting Educational and Training Needs - Board members are responsible for meeting the changing community needs in fulfilling the College mission. This includes, formulating policy, ensuring effective leadership, and the responsible use of resources.
- Ethical Leadership - Board members promote the public trust by serving without personal gain and without partisan politics or personal agenda.
- Reflect Individual and Community Diversity - Boards are comprised of strong individuals reflecting diverse perspectives, expertise, and experiences. Diversity in ethnicity, gender, age, and geography gives the board balance, depth, and a variety of resources, ensuring the needs of the entire community are recognized and addressed. The District Board Appointment Committee approves and follows a local "Plan of Representation" in assuring a diverse board reflecting the District.
- Knowledgeable and Committed - Excellent board members are knowledgeable about the community and its needs and issues, within the broad context of the educational, social, political, and economic environment. Board members must have commitment to the technical college mission and the vision to help realize it within their college community.