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Nicolet College Presidential Transition Public Forum March 2

Members of the general public are invited to provide input on the selection of the next president of Nicolet College during the Presidential Transition Public Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, online and at the Nicolet College Theatre.

In light of the pandemic, in-person attendance is limited to 25 and is reserved for individuals without access to reliable internet service, according to a Nicolet press release.

The link to attend the virtual public forum can be found at nicoletcollege.edu/presidentialtransition.

Late last year the Nicolet Board of Trustees voted to limit the initial search to internal candidates. Kate Ferrel, Nicolet Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, was the sole applicant.

The forum will start with Ferrel giving a short presentation about herself and her background as well as how she would plan to lead the college forward.

That will be followed by questions for Ferrel that have been submitted in advance of the forum by members of the public and Nicolet students, staff, and the Board of Trustees.

The forum will conclude with live questions asked by in-person and virtual attendees.

Ferrel joined Nicolet in 2014 to become the Dean of Students. She subsequently served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Nicolet before being promoted to her current position as Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

Prior to Nicolet, she worked at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids from 1999 to 2014, serving as Career Services and Campus Support Manager before becoming the Associate Dean of the Business Division. She also taught classes at Mid-State. These included Leadership Development, Marketing, Communications, and Speech.

Ferrel's economic development experience includes her service as a director on the Centergy-Central Wisconsin Economic Development Board, participation in educational study tours to Germany, China, Ireland, and Finland, and service as Mid-State Technical College's Workforce and Economic Development Liaison.

Prior to entering higher education, she worked for 10 years in private industry and for non-profits in marketing and public relations positions.

Ferrel has a Master's of Science degree in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also completed advanced coursework at UW-Madison in Educational Administration and studied abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, while a student at UW-Eau Claire.

Along with the link to virtually attend the public forum, the webpage at nicoletcollege.edu/presidentialtransition will also contain links to register to attend the forum in person in the Nicolet Theatre and to submit comments and questions both before and after the forum. Individuals can also register to attend the forum in person by calling (715) 365-4415.

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees will accept public comments about any aspect of the presidential transition through the end of the day on Friday, March 6. Interested individuals unable to attend the forum will be able to view a video recording of the event which will also be posted on the webpage.

Current Nicolet President Richard Nelson announced earlier that he will retire this coming summer. He has served as president since 2015.

After considering a variety of search strategies, the board decided to open the search at the moment to internal college candidates only.

"Our reasoning for this was that we as a board were pleased with the direction the current leadership team is taking the college," said Ryan Zietlow, chair of the Nicolet Board of Trustee's Presidential Transition Committee. "We wanted to maintain the continuity of the collective leadership currently in place to continue advancing the college and our desire is to promote from within the employee pool whenever possible."

An added factor was the disruption the COVID-19 pandemic is having across the nation on many levels, including executive searches. Anyone seeking to provide input either before or after the public forum can also do so by sending an email to Zietlow at presidentialtransition@nicoletcollege.edu or by calling him at (715) 401-3326.





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