|Dr. Wagner, the College’s current V.P. of Academic Affairs, will replace the retiring Dr. C. Ben Wright in July 2009.
MINNEAPOLIS, DEC. 1, 2008 — Richard J. Wagner, Ph.D., Dunwoody College of Technology’s vice president of academic affairs, has been named to succeed the retiring C. Ben Wright, Ph.D., as Dunwoody president. Dr. Wagner will assume his new duties on July 1, 2009.
“Dunwoody has a great heritage and an incredibly bright future,” said Dr. Wagner. “I’m truly honored to be our next president as we continue to build on the outstanding work done by Ben Wright, the board of trustees and the College’s faculty and staff.”
The appointment follows a nationwide search conducted by the College after Dr. Wright informed the Dunwoody board of his decision to resign as president effective June 30, 2009. As president, Dr. Wagner will report directly to the board and will assume responsibility for the academic, operational and financial administration of the College.
Gary Petersen, chair of Dunwoody’s board of trustees, said, “We were very fortunate to have had such an outstanding internal candidate in Rich Wagner. Rich has a deep appreciation for what makes Dunwoody a great institution today but he’s also proven to be an innovative, thoughtful leader who is clearly focused on how Dunwoody can best serve students and employers in the years ahead. The board is enthusiastic about this appointment and believes Rich is uniquely qualified to lead the College as we enter into a period that will be both exciting and challenging.”
Dr. Wagner has served Dunwoody in several academic leadership positions since joining Dunwoody in 1996 as an instructor. He left the classroom in 1999 to assume the role of department director and was promoted to dean of learning in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Wagner left Dunwoody to serve as vice president for learning and academic innovation at Hennepin Technical College. He returned to Dunwoody the following year to accept the post of vice president of academic affairs.
During Dr. Wagner’s tenure as Dunwoody’s chief academic officer, the College added its first bachelor’s degree program, added programs that include interior design, graphic design and construction supervision, and developed a new cluster of health sciences programs that will launch in 2009. He also spearheaded the College’s participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program which resulted in the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. This quality initiative also created a process for monitoring and ensuring the long-term viability of bedrock Dunwoody programs in academic areas that include automotive, construction and manufacturing technology.
Dr. Wagner’s doctorate is in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. He holds a master in business administration degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and a bachelor of science degree from the University of the State of New York in Albany. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Wagner served 10 years in the United States Navy, including four years as an electrician/technical supervisor on a nuclear submarine before becoming a Navy instructor.
Dr. Wagner, a native of Emmaus, Pa., resides in Waconia, Minn., with his wife, Valerie Wagner. Their son Josh is currently on active duty in the United States Navy.
Dunwoody College’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) held its twentieth graduation ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. The ceremony honored 165 high school students from Minneapolis, St. Paul and other parts of the metro area who completed the six-week YCAP summer session.
The ceremony featured a keynote speech by Benito Matias, former YCAP Manager and executive director of Dunwoody Academy , a Minneapolis charter high school with an emphasis on technical education. Matias is an inaugural graduate of the YCAP program.
The four-year YCAP program focuses on under-represented students, particularly students of color, who have completed ninth grade and have the potential and or desire to succeed in a technical career. In addition to introducing students to the technical programs available at Dunwoody, YCAP helps students improve their math, English and study skills and requires them to complete several community service projects. This year’s group worked with such organizations as People Serving People, the Salvation Army and the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.
But it’s not all work. Students visit local businesses, including this year a trip to Best Buy to hear Erving “Magic” Johnson speak . There was also a celebratory visit to Valleyfair and a new experience for some of the students – a camping trip to Boy Scouts of America Camp Sterns in South Haven, MN.
More than 1,100 youth have participated in YCAP over the past two decades. Students must be in good standing with their schools and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students who complete the summer program receive a $600 stipend, and those who complete the four-year YCAP program receive a scholarship to attend Dunwoody College upon graduation from high school and successful application to the College.
Scholarships, flexographic printing presses, classroom space and more mean Dunwoody graphics and printing students graduate with experience with real equipment.
Minneapolis, June 11, 2008 — Dunwoody College of Technology’s printing and graphics production lab was renamed the Harper Center of Graphics Technology last Friday in a ceremony honoring Ron and Katherine Harper, retired founders of the global anilox supplier Harper Corporation of America.
Joe Tuccitto, education director of the Flexographic Technical Association represented the Harpers at the event. Tuccitto, who is also a former Dunwoody faculty member, said: “Ron asked me to tell you all, ‘It has been our pleasure to work with Dunwoody College of Technology for the past 15 years in their quest for excellence in flexographic education. As many of you know, we have a passion for flexographic education, and Dunwoody has been a significant vehicle for that passion.’”
The Harpers have long been supporters of Dunwoody’s Design and Graphics Technology program. Most recently they committed $500,000 to the College, of which $100,000 will endow the Ron and Katherine Harper Scholarship Fund.
The gift is in addition to other support over the years, including a $100,000 donation that included more than 50 anilox rolls for use on the two flexographic machines in the printing lab as well as lease support for the machines. Flexographic printing involves the use of flexible plates in conjunction with anilox rolls to adhere ink on a substrate (the item the ink is applied to). It usually is a six- or eight-color printing process and each flexo machine has a plate for each color so that the substrate only needs to run through the machine once. In addition, the process accommodates a wide range of substrates, including flexible ones. Most consumer product packaging and labels are printed on flexo presses.
All of Dunwoody’s pre-press, graphic design and press students get experience with flexo output, which is somewhat unusual for graphics education at the college-level.
The Harpers support of Dunwoody is the result of their strong belief in supporting technical education.
“By putting money into education at the high school and college levels, we can ensure that students are working with the latest technology,” Ron Harper said. “They come into the workplace prepared, instead of only being familiar with ancient technology that is no longer applicable.”
The Harper Center of Graphics Technology also includes three classrooms within the production lab. They have been renamed Harper Studio A, B and C.
About Harper Corporation: Harper Corporation has manufacturing facilities in Charlotte and Green Bay, Wisc., as well as licensee operations in Bangkok, Thailand, and Herford, Germany. The Harpers have been deeply involved in education and training future flexographers at the high school and college levels since 1990.
The Harpers were the first to participate in the Flexographic Technical Association’s Flexo In High Schools/Colleges program, which was initiated in 1990 and saw the first flexographic press installed in a high school in 1992. Today 21 high schools and 32 colleges in the U.S., Canada and Argentina provide hands-on flexography training programs based on the one launched by the Harpers more than a decade ago.