Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wirgau Steps In As Coordinator Of Ferris' Doctorate In Community College Leadership

Enthusiasm and passion are two of the driving forces behind Andie Wirgau, who this summer was named coordinator of the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University.

She is off to a fast start this summer and says that Ferris is on the cutting edge of training for community colleges with this new program.

Over time, Wirgau hopes that the program will continue to grow and pick up steam as people begin to see the value of community colleges and what Ferris is doing, with its focus on training, to support these institutions.

Below is an excerpt from a News Services story on Wirgau:

BIG RAPIDS – Andie Wirgau’s passion for leadership and learning has led her back to Michigan to join Ferris State University’s College of Professional and Technological Studies’ staff as coordinator of the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program.

Wirgau, who most recently served as coordinator of student activities at the College of DuPage in Elgin, Ill., envisions Ferris as an opportunity to return to Michigan and make a difference in a program she fully endorses. A Lowell native and graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Wirgau has settled in nicely in her role as DCCL coordinator which she began June 14.

“Ferris is a great opportunity because it melds my two passions, leadership and lifelong learning,” said Wirgau, who was active in course instruction, budget management, diversity initiatives and more at the College of DuPage. “This job is exciting because I will perform a lot of logistical services for our incoming students, do some recruiting, help with the admissions process, register students and more.”

Understanding the challenges for enrollees in the program, Wirgau sees herself as a resource to students adding, “These are adults with busy lives who are pursuing their doctorate. We’ll try to remove any barriers to learning and success that we can.”

Wirgau says that Ferris hopes to both personalize and ease the experience for working adults who want to pursue a leadership role in community colleges. She wants students to feel as if they are more than just a name or number as they enroll in Ferris’ DCCL program.

For the full article, visit the News Services Web site, here.

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