Dr. Garry Krause, who for the past six years has served as the Academic Dean of the Trade and Technical Program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s four campuses, has been appointed the Dean of Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation at Blackhawk Technical College.
“Dr. Krause’s academic background and his work experience as an electrician, an electronics faculty member and a dean at another WTCS college have clearly prepared him to be an academic leader for the division,’’ said Dr. Diane Nyhammer, BTC’s Vice President of Learning.
Dr. Krause’s appointment was confirmed Sept. 19 by the BTC District Board at its monthly meeting.
Dr. Krause holds an Ed.D degree in Organization Development and an MBA in General Management from University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He completed his undergraduate degree in Labor Studies at Antioch College in Ohio.
In addition to his work at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Dr. Krause served as an Education instructor at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minn. His private industry experience includes work as a Field Manager-Project Leader at Messaba Electric Group and Customer Service Field Representative at Carlson Duluth-Electric Constructors, both in Duluth.
Dr. Krause also served on the Duluth City Council. He recently resigned that post to accept the Blackhawk position.
Dr. Krause’s responsibilities will include oversight of next fall’s opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, which is scheduled to begin operations at the start of the 2014-15 school year.
“Blackhawk is strategically located between a number of large urban centers and the opportunities for synergy and growth are limitless,’’ he said. “I have a lot of occupational experience to offer and look forward to growing manufacturing, transportation and other educational offerings in the region.’’
“In his previous position, Dr. Krause helped to build and sustain programs on four separate campuses, and he was involved in building expansion and remodeling projects for programs in his divisions,’’ Dr. Nyhammer pointed out. “He has earned a reputation as someone who will consistently connect with, listen to and follow up with industry partners to meet employers’ needs.’’
Dr. Krause added: “One of my personal goals will be to create strong relationships with area manufacturers and other employers, and develop new manufacturing and education partnerships that not only promote manufacturing but also assist in recruiting students into the manufacturing pipeline.’’