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WSC's Governance is compelled by taking the constitution, accreditation, student handbook, and organization charts listed below and discussing WSC's expectations as committees to come up with the Governance process.  Our Faculty and Staff Senates as well as WSC Executive Cabinet meets monthly to exercise all the powers that make up the Governance and to make sure the policies and procedures are followed.
 

Governance

Executive Cabinet
The following executive officers make up WSC's Executive Cabinet.

John Miller, Ph.D. | President
Dr. Miller joined Williston State College in June, 2015 as Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and in June 2017, he was named as the fourth president of WSC. A career educator for over thirty years, he has teaching and administrative experience spanning both K-12 and post-secondary education. Dr. Miller received his Bachelor and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Idaho, and holds teaching and administrative credentials for K-12 education in Idaho and North Dakota. Prior to his appointment at WSC, Dr. Miller worked as a secondary teacher and administrator, Director of Operations in a K-12 school system, and as an Instructional Dean for Extended Studies at the College of Southern Idaho. Further, he contributed to the development and administration of the Idaho broadband system, connecting high school and the college/university partners for the delivery of dual credit.

Megan Kasner | Executive Assistant to the President
Megan joined Williston State College in 2014 as the Head Volleyball Coach and in 2015 made the transition to be the Executive Assistant to the President. She earned her Associate of Art from North Dakota State College of Science, Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Southern Columbia University. Megan is an adjunct instructor for first-year experience courses and is on several committees at WSC.

John Mercer | Director for Information Technology
John Mercer joined Williston State College in March of 2019 as the Director for Information Technology. John's 20 years in IT began with a Bachelors in Information Systems from the University of Montana (2002), along with 2 years working for the University and 1 year for the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He then spent 17 years in the healthcare field, eventually returning to Eastern Montana in 2013 to be near the family farm & ranch.  Over the years in the Higher Education and Healthcare verticals he has had the opportunity to serve others in various IT roles such as Engineer, Enterprise Architect, Project Manager, Director, and Senior Executive.  He currently holds certifications with Microsoft, Citrix, Commvault, Ubiquiti, and IPVM, and has spoken in Las Vegas on behalf of advanced technology initiatives.

Kenley Nebeker, Regional Director of Technical Programs and Training
Kenley Nebeker joined the WSC team in his current position as Regional Director for Technical Programs and Training in November of 2018. He has been involved with higher and secondary education for the past 15 years. He has been an instructor at both the secondary and college levels. He received his B.S. in Secondary Education and is finishing up his M.ED. in Instructional Technology and Design. Kenley lives in Williston with his wife Jen and son Liam. 

Jayden Olson, Athletic Director

Keith Olson | Director, Small Business Development Center
Mr. Olson has been Director, SBDC since 2003. Prior to joining WSC, he was CEO of Bushel 42 Pasta Company. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Coaching and Driver's education from the University of North Dakota in 1987.

Terry Olson | Executive Director, WSC Foundation
Terry has held his current position since April 2009. He has been employed by WSC since 1982 where he was the Head Basketball Coach, Athletic Director, and Instructor. Prior to working at WSC, Terry taught at Harvey Public Schools in North Dakota from 1981-1982. Currently, he is also the Executive Director of the Williston State Foundation. He earned a Masters of Education in Professional Development with an emphasis in Athletic Administration in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and a Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University in 1978.

Michelle Remus, Director for Human Resources
Michelle Remus has been with WSC since August 2009. Michelle first served as the  Executive Assistant to the President before becoming the Director for Human Resources in January 2010. Prior to joining WSC, Michelle worked at IMG, one of the world's largest sports marketing agencies, in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management as well as in Business Administration.

Clay Sponable | Director of Campus Services
Clay Sponable joined WSC in August 2015. Prior to WSC, Clay was a Transportation Instructor for 4 years at Vatterott Career College. He first served at WSC as a Transportation Instructor. He is now currently the Director of Campus Services. Clay has his Associates of Science from Nashville Auto Diesel College and is currently working on his Bachelors in Business Management at Minot State University. He is currently ASE Master Certified in Automotive and Diesel Technology, NIMS Certified in maintenance operations, and has his certification for facility controls through Johnson Controls.

Jenny Wolf | Director for Creative Services
Jenny Wolf has worked in the Marketing Department as the Creative Director since 2014. Jenny started at WSC in 2010 as the graphic designer for the school. Jenny has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of North Dakota, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute in Minneapolis. Prior to joining the WSC Staff, Jenny worked at a print shop and awards company.

Kim Wray | Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kim Wray has been in education for over twenty-four years, with both teaching and administration experience. In September of 2015, Kim became the Director for Extended Learning at WSC and on July 1, 2018 was appointed the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to coming to Williston State College, Kim worked as both a teacher and the Athletic Director in Twin Falls Idaho. In addition, Kim also teaches online for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy.  Kim was raised in Havre, MT, went to college at Montana State University in Bozeman, and then moved to Southern Idaho to begin her educational career. Kim worked for three school districts in southern Idaho as a teacher and a coach before taking on the Athletic Director Duties at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls.  Kim recently completed her master's degree from Boise State University.

Kim Weismann | Professor of Communication and Arts and Human Science Department Chair
Kim has been with WSC since 2010. Prior to teaching at WSC she taught at Dickinson State University and North Dakota State University. She earned her Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Dickinson State University, a Masters of Arts in Speech Communication from North Dakota State University, and a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. Kim teaches the Communication classes at WSC and as well as the first-year experience courses. She serves on numerous committees at WSC and in the community of Williston.

Riley Yadon | Chief Financial Officer
Riley has held his position since July 2018. Prior to his employment at WSC, he was the Project Manager/Lead Implementer designing accounting software systems specific to the Oil and Gas Industry. He has held the position of CFO for 4 years and has been an accountant for 11 years with positions ranging from a Big 4 Accounting firm to managing a tax department at a fortune 500 company. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and obtained his Masters of Accountancy from Kansas State University in 2007.  He served in the US Marines and the US Army and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate consists of eight voting members, a non-voting Staff Senate representative and a non-voting Student Senate representative. These members represent the five academic departments: Business Technology, Arts and Human Sciences, Health and Wellness, Math and Sciences, and Trades Technology. Faculty members are elected in April to serve three-year terms. Annually, Faculty Senators elect a presiding officer to serve as the faculty representative.
The Faculty Senate meets monthly from August to May and may exercise all the powers of the Faculty Council subject to the limitations the Faculty Council may impose. Additional responsibilities are to assure a current Instructional Division Policy and Procedure Manual, to act as a committee as a whole, and to ensure implementation of Faculty Council and Faculty Senate legislation.

If interested in requesting past meeting minutes, please contact the Faculty Senate President.

2018-2019  FACULTY SENATORS

Arts & Human Sciences Department
Kim Weismann, President
Richard Stenberg, Vice President
Lynne Raymond

Business & Trades Technology Department
Jessalyn Bachler

Health & Wellness Department
Bob Benson
Kari Lesmeister

Math & Sciences Department
Amanda Davis
Faye Krogen

 
WSC Faculty Resources (doc?)
Faculty Senate Bylaws  (doc?)
Staff Senate
The Staff Senate shall be the representative body of staff to serve the following objectives and purposes:
  • To foster a spirit of unity and cooperation as a participant along with Faculty Senate and Student Senate in College governance.
  • To serve as an active communication link for meaningful information exchange between staff and administration relative to issues of mutual concern.
  • To provide open meetings to express, propose, represent, investigate, and debate issues. The staff senate, acting as an official and responsible voice in College governance, will recommend action on issues that receive majority approval of the senators.
  • To advise the President with regard to working conditions and employment practices, including recognition, compensation, and other pertinent issues.
  • To promote awareness of opportunities and encourage staff involvement in the activities and operation of the College.
If interested in requesting past meeting minutes, please contact the Faculty Senate President.


2017-2018 STAFF SENATORS                                                
Megan Kasner, President (Office of the President)  
John Bowkus, Vice President (Athletics)  
Kristina Kitchens, Recorder (Finance)
Ryan Avery (Distant Learning)   
Jenae Hunter (Academic Affairs)                                                                                       
Kia Herbel (Athletics)
Desiree Cannon (Student Affairs) 
Joshua Jeffries (IT)
Currently Vacant (Campus Services)
Jamie Montgomery (Bookstore)
Stacy Ribich (TrainND Northwest)
Renee Gerard (Adult Learning)
Faye Krogen  (Faculty Representative)

WSC Staff Senate Bylaws  (doc?)
WSC Staff Senate Constitution (doc?)
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