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Leadership at WSC - the Executive, Faculty, Staff, and Student levels - is informed by the WSC Constitution, the Student Code of Conduct, accreditation standards, and organizational structures. Meeting regularly, the governing bodies listed below discuss WSC's governance and expectations as committees and ensure policies and procedures are followed to guarantee WSC meets its institutional mission.
 

Governance

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Executive Cabinet
The following make up WSC's Executive Cabinet:

John Miller, Ed.D. | President
Dr. Miller joined WSC in June 2015 as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, In June 2017, he was named the fourth president of WSC. A career educator for over 30 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. Dr. Miller also 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.

Hunter Berg | WSC Foundation Executive Director
Hunter Berg is the current Executive Director of the WSC Foundation. Previously, he served as the Alumni and Athletic Development Director for the WSC Foundation, and as a basketball coach and the Athletic Director for WSC. Hunter attended WSC before earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of North Dakota. He is a native of Zahl and graduated from Grenora High School.

Megan Kasner | Dean of Students
Megan Kasner joined WSC in 2014 as the Head Volleyball Coach, in 2015-2020 as the Executive Assistant to the President, and in 2020 made the transition to Dean of Students. She earned her AA from North Dakota State College of Science, bachelor's in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a MBA with a concentration in Project Management from Southern Columbia University. Megan is an adjunct instructor for first-year experience courses and is on several WSC committees.

John (JJ) Mercer | Director for Information Technology
John Mercer joined WSC 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, 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 and ranch. Over the years in higher education and healthcare, John has served 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 WSC 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 bachelor'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
Jayden joined WSC in May 2020. He has two previous experiences at WSC as a student-athlete and then later as an Assistant Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach and instructor. Prior to his current position, Jayden has worked in college athletics at North Dakota State University, Nebraska, Colorado State, Augustana, and University of North Dakota. He earned his AS degree from WSC, his bachelor's in K-12 Physical Education and 7-12 Business Education from Dickinson State University, and completed his master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a Sports Psychology focus from the Univeristy of North Dakota.

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

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 BS 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 AAS degree 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 Director for Creative Services since 2014. Jenny started at WSC in 2010 as a graphic designer. Jenny has a BA Degree in Communication from the University of North Dakota and an AAS degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute in Minneapolis.

Kim Wray | Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kim Wray has been in education for over 24 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 WSC, 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 Ed.D. | 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 AA and bachelor's in Communication from Dickinson State University, a master's 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. He served in the US Marines and the US Army and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
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Faculty Senate
WSC's Faculty Senate consists of eight voting members, a non-voting Staff Senate representative, and a non-voting Student Senate representative. These members represent the following academic departments: Arts and Human Sciences, Business and Trades Technology, Health and Wellness, and Math and Sciences. Faculty members are elected in April to serve three-year terms. Annually, Faculty Senators elect a presiding officer to serve as the faculty representative.

WSC's Faculty Senate meets monthly from August to May and may exercise all the powers of the Faculty Council subject to limitations the Faculty Council may impose. Additional responsibilities are to ensure 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.

2020-2021 FACULTY SENATORS
Dr. Kim Weismann, President

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

Business & Trades Technology Department
Hunter Erickson
Tim DeLorme

Health & Wellness Department
Bob Benson
Kari Lesmeister

Math & Sciences Department
Amanda Davis
Derek VanderMolen

2019-2020 MINUTES If interested in requesting past meeting minutes, please contact the Faculty Senate President.
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Staff Senate
WSC's 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 the 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 on 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.
2020-2021 STAFF SENATORS        
                                       

Megan Kasner, President (Office of the President)  
John Bowkus, Vice President (Athletics)  
Kristina Kitchens, Recorder (Finance)
Ryan Avery (Distance Learning)   
Jenae Hunter (Academic Affairs)                                                                                      
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)

2020-2021 MINUTES 

If interested in requesting past meeting minutes, please contact the Staff Senate President.
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Student Senate
The purpose of Student Senate is to advocate for the WSC student body and to act as a liaison for students to the administration, alumni, state, and community. Student Senators are a select group and are official representatives of the College and are held high in honor. Members represent student leadership in an articulate manner, promote the positive image of the College, and respond to the student body and the College’s needs.
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