Michael J. Bouwhuis, who has headed DATC since 1994, is seeking the position of president of the Utah College of Applied Technology. An announcement could be made as early as next Monday, and would become effective July 1. The ATC system includes nine campuses from Logan to St. George. The State Board of Regents has narrowed the field of applicants to four from an original field of 33 candidates. The new president will replace former Davis School District Superintendent Darrell White, who has served as interim president since last year.
Prior to coming to the DATC, Bouwhuis served as associate superintendent for the Ogden/Weber Applied Technology Center.
He worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the Utah Division of Rehabilitation from 1975 to 1976 and was a work incentive counselor at the Department of Social Services from 1971 to 1974.
Bouwhuis earned a bachelor's degree from Weber State University and a master's degree in education from Brigham Young University.
During his tenure at DATC, Bouwhuis has started 17 new programs, from dental and medical assisting to culinary arts, apprenticeships, clinical lab science, surgical technology, cosmetology and paralegal.
A medical/health technology building has been completed, while enrollment has grown 88 percent in the past decade.
He currently serves as a Layton City Council member, is past chairman of the United Way of Davis County Council, and has been very involved in the Davis Chamber of Commerce, including service as past board chairman.
Bouwhuis has received many awards, from Outstanding State Employee to Davis Chamber Total Citizen of the Year.
He and his wife Shirley are the parents of six children, have six grandchildren, and are foster parents of two children.