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“The Gift of Leadership” by Dr. Bob Meyer, 2014 CTE Executive in Residence


UW-Stout hosted an inspiring event with the 2014 CTE Executive in Residence. This annual event focuses on inspiring students through the success, expertise, and experiences of visiting Stout alums. This year’s guest was Dr. Bob Meyer, President of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. The main event of the the CTE Executive in Residence is a TED Talkesque presentation to a large group of students, faculty, and administration. Dr. Meyer’s presentation was titled “The Gift of Leadership.” We are happy to welcome you to enjoy the event in the following ways:

A video of the presentation is available here:

The presentation slides are available here:

A presentation summary written by Kinga N. Jacobson, EdD CTE student:

Lessons Learned from Dr. Robert Meyer in “The Gift of Leadership”

Dr. Robert Meyer, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College President gave students the Gift of Leadership at the 4th Annual Career and Technical Educator in Residence event held on March 26-27, 2014 at University of Wisconsin – Stout. The session unwrapped leadership lessons learned in four decades of post-secondary career and technical education, permitting students a glimpse into the realities of practiced leadership.

Dr. Robert Meyer’s teachings revolved around three major themes. Specifically, he emphasized the importance of participative leadership, innovation and holistic education, as well as career and technical education advocacy.

When unwrapping the issue of developing a culture of collaboration, especially in context of a culture change from hierarchical, autocratic management to a participative, empowered environment, he outlined the significance of trust. Trust is the essence of leadership, the absence of trust making management effectiveness and institutional progress impossible. To develop it, leaders are to be personally involved at all organizational levels, demonstrate caring for each subordinate, and allow staff members to develop solutions to internal and external concerns. In regards to employee authority, the resounding message was that career and technical education professionals are “a group of very talented individuals who will arrive at a good resolution” (Dr. R. Meyer, phone conversation, March 27, 2014), leadership’s role being to create the atmosphere that facilitates demonstration of workforce talents as means of continuous organizational innovation and improvement.

Holistic career and technical education encompassing academic, technical, and employability skills was the speaker’s second gift. In this regard, Dr. Meyer expressed that employers want to hire graduates with very broad skillsets as their needs are ever evolving. Technology advances, global competition, and customer demands are changing the jobs as well as the expectations, making the ability to adapt, think, and adjust some of the most prevalent skills workers need.

The third present Dr. Meyer brought to us related to the prominence of advocacy in career and technical education. He spoke of promotion of career and technical education teaching practices at local, state, and national levels, positing that we all have a role in creating awareness and in securing support from local industry and community leaders as well as state and national politicians. Underscored were the collaboration with the K-12 system and state leadership to assure that educators as well as decision makers gain a better understanding of the mission and potential of career and technical education for leading students, as well as the country, to long-term success.

The message of the Gift of Leadership session was powerful and clearly aligned with the outcomes of our degree, placing them into the realities of practice in our local post-secondary setting. It highlighted the relevance of the subjects in our program, offering guidance for key issues and responsibilities we will face in our leadership roles. Personally, I found Dr. Meyer’s demeanor and passion for our profession extremely inspiring, allowing me to realize that leadership and success start from one’s heart and are embodied by being future orientated, having a continually positive attitude, and seizing energy for endless renewal. All in all, the conference refined the particulars of my future role as a leader, providing motivation to seek a career path that will allow hand-off of my gift of leadership to the next generation in line, repeating the pattern of successful career and technical education leadership.



Save the Date: 4th Annual CTE Executive in Residence – March 26 and 27, 2014


UW-Stout will be welcoming Dr. Robert Meyer, President of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, as the 2014 Career and Technical Education Executive in Residence. Dr. Meyer has served as President of WITC since 2009; prior to that time, he was Dean of the College of Technology, Engineering and Management, Director of the NWMOC/STTI, Program Director for Manufacturing Engineering and Professor in the Engineering and Technology Department at UW-Stout.

President Meyer will be on campus March 26 and 27, 2014, speaking to students and faculty in large and small group sessions. Share this information with your students and mark your calendars now and plan to attend the keynote presentation titled: The Gift of Leadership on Wednesday, March 26 from 4-5 p.m. in room 210 Applied Arts.

For those that you are off campus, we welcome you to make a trip to Stout to participate in the CTE Executive in Residence program. If that is not feasible for you, a special session for off campus students will be held Thursday morning at 8 am. We will facilitate a session using Blackboard Collaborate to provide you the opportunity to learn from and with Dr. Meyer. Check back in for more information – details to follow!

There will also be opportunity for you to spend time with President Meyer in a small group setting and class discussion. A complete schedule will be coming out soon!

About the CTE Executive in Residence Program: The Career and Technical Education Residency Program was developed to inspire, motivate, and showcase career successes of graduates of UW-Stout. A variety of distinguished leaders in Career and Technical Education volunteer their time and expertise for one or several days on the UW-Stout campus in order to facilitate student and faculty development via small group seminars, round table discussions, and presentations open to the campus. Residents are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, exemplary moral code, novel problem solving techniques, a proven record of exemplary team building and/or strategic planning, and demonstrated passion for serving as a role model.

You are Invited: Dr. Susan May’s Presentation

On March 12 and 13, Dr. Susan May will be at UW-Stout as the 2013 Career and Technical Education Executive in Residence. Dr. Susan May is the President and CEO of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton–Wisconsin’s largest technical college. Dr. May is a two-time UW-Stout graduate, an exceptional strategic leader, and dynamic speaker. Her story and examples are inspiring. All are welcome!

Presentation by Dr. Susan May:
“From CTE Instructor to College President”

March 12th at 4:00 p.m.,
UW-Stout, Jarvis Hall Science Wing, Room 110

Save the Date: 2013 CTE Educator in Residence

The Career and Technical Educator in Residence Program is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12-13, 2013. The event is located at the UW-Stout campus in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The CTE Educator in Residence Program was developed to inspire and motivate current CTE students and faculty by showcasing the career successes of University of Wisconsin-Stout graduates. Residents are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, exemplary moral code and novel problem-solving techniques. Dr. Susan May has been selected as the 2013 Educator in Residence. To learn more about Dr. May, view our previous post here.

2013 Educator in Residence Schedule
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
1:30 p.m.    Meet with School of Education Program Directors
2:30 p.m.    Campus Tour
4:00 p.m.    From the Teacher to the President presented by Dr. Susan May, large group presentation, open to all

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8:00 a.m.    Student Leaders – CTSO leaders and advisor breakfast
9:15 a.m.     Small group – classroom
10:20 a.m.   Small group – classroom
11:45 a.m.    Lunch with the Chancellor’s Administrative Leadership Team

Note: Building locations to be added soon.

Announcing UW-Stout’s 2013 Educator in Residence

Dr. Susan MayPresidentFox Valley Technical College

Dr. Susan May
Fox Valley Technical College

Dr. Susan May will be UW-Stout’s 2013 CTE Educator in Residence. The event will be held on the UW-Stout campus March 12 -13, 2013. Additional information will be posted as the event takes shape.

In the past Dr. Bryan Albrecht and Christine Stratton have also served in this prestigious role for the Career and Technical Education program at UW-Stout. The Career and Technical Educator in Residence Program was developed to inspire and motivate current CTE students and faculty by showcasing the career successes of University of Wisconsin-Stout graduates.

Residents are selected based on their:

  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Exemplary moral code
  • Novel problem-solving techniques
  • Proven record of exemplary team building and/or strategic planning
  • Demonstrated passion for serving as a role model

Dr. May embodies each of these qualities and we are honored to be welcoming her to campus.

About Dr. Susan May

Dr. May serves as the president and chief executive officer for Fox Valley Technical College, an appointment that began in July, 2008.

May joined Fox Valley Technical College as an adult continuing education specialist in 1983. She served as the College’s executive vice president since 2005.  From 1997 to 2005 May served as the vice president for instructional services, and from 1994 to 1997, the vice president for marketing and economic development. She also served in the positions of dean and outreach operations manager between 1989 and 1993. Earlier in her career, she worked as a teacher and department chair for New Holstein High School, New Holstein, Wisconsin.

May serves in several community and state leadership roles:

  • Chair of the Board of Directors for Community First Credit Union
  • YMCA Corporate Board
  • Bay-Lakes Council-Boy Scouts of America Executive Board
  • Board of Directors for Riverside Gardens
  • Member of the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA)
  • Member of The New North, the regional economic development organization
  • 2011 and 2012 Fox Cities United Way Campaign Co-Chair
  • Vice President of the Wisconsin Technical College System Presidents’ Association

She also serves on several national boards including:

  • Community Colleges for International Development
  • National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

May received both her bachelor’s degree in home economics education and master’s degree in vocational education administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. She earned her doctorate degree in vocational, technical, and occupational education from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.