DTC makes leadership changes


KAYSVILLE—Changes are taking place in the leadership at Davis Technical College. The Utah System of Technical Colleges (USTC) Board of Trustees has selected Davis Tech President Michael J. Bouwhuis as its Acting Commissioner. Following the appointment, the Board named Kim Ziebarth Acting President of Davis Tech upon nomination by the Davis Tech Board of Directors, according to a release. A nationwide search is underway to fill the permanent positions of President of Davis Technical College and Commissioner of the Utah System of Technical Colleges. The Board expects those positions to be filled later this fall, the statement said. Bouwhuis has started dozens of technical training programs, raised millions of dollars in funding, expanded and initiated community and business partnerships and increased enrollment since taking the helm of Davis Tech in 1994. However, the success of the students remains his proudest achievement, he said. “We not only change lives here at Davis Tech,” Bouwhuis said in the release, “we save lives.” Prior to serving for 24 years at Davis Tech, Bouwhuis worked as a training director at Ogden-Weber Technical College. Bouwhuis has announced his retirement but will oversee the implementations of several key initiatives and policies at the system level for the next few months and assist in selecting his replacement as president of Davis Tech, material provided said. Bouwhuis replaces David R. Woolstenhulme as USTC Commissioner who has become Vice President of Regional Campuses at Utah State University. “Commissioner Woolstenhulme has been such a champion of the system and its colleges and has greatly improved its policies and practices,” said Bouwhuis in the statement. “Dave’s integrity has resonated with legislators and leaders throughout the state and has increased the system’s credibility.” Ziebarth, previously the Vice President of Instruction, was chosen by the USTC Board of Trustees, on nomination by the Davis Tech Board of Directors as Interim President of the college. She has worked at Davis Tech for nearly 20 years and will be the first woman to lead Davis Tech. Ziebarth worked as Vice President of Quality and Development and as an Information Technology instructor prior to becoming Vice President of Instruction. “Our college has developed and grown under the exceptional leadership of President Bouwhuis,” said Ziebarth in the release. “I am humbled to serve the students and support the outstanding faculty and staff of our institution in this interim capacity.” Bouwhuis and Ziebarth started in their new positions Aug. 15. bginos@davisclipper.com

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