Martha Nelson of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, has accepted the position of Vice President for Student Affairs at Black River Technical College, according to President Dr. Wayne Hatcher. She is one of three candidates invited earlier this fall for a campus visit and interview for the position formerly held by Dr. Michael Sullens. The search process included a selection committee’s review of a total of forty applicants. The search was narrowed to six and included Skype interviews of the top candidates during the selection process.
“We are very pleased Mrs. Nelson will be bringing over 25 years of knowledge and skills in the field of Student Affairs to our institution,” Dr. Hatcher said, “particularly her experience in student retention and completion. These are specific areas where colleges must continue to focus and improve if we are to meet state and federal mandates to increase the number of college completers. College completion is a high priority in Arkansas and at BRTC, as it should be,” he explained. “We know the position of Vice President for Student Affairs (formerly Student Services) is a crucial one in moving us forward in these areas, and we anticipate positive movement in this area as a result of Mrs. Nelson’s leadership in these critical aspects of enrollment management here at BRTC.”
She is expected to begin her work with BRTC by the end of January, according to BRTC Human Resources Director Julie Edington.
Nelson is currently serving as the statewide Coordinator of the Access to Success Project for the University of Wisconsin system. Her work there includes an initiative designed to increase part-time student retention and degree completion at the thirteen campuses of the UW-Colleges, and to facilitate student transfer and success for first and second year students as they continue at UW System institutions.
She previously served as Mount Mary University’s Chief Student Affairs Officer, worked as Implementation Manager for Recruitment Plus Comprehensive Enrollment Management System at University of Wisconsin Colleges System, and previously she held the position of Assistant Campus Dean at UW—Washington County (Campus Chief Student Affairs Officer).
Her professional career also includes a stint as Director, Student Support Services Program with UW Colleges, and as Director of the Educational Opportunity Program at State University of New York (SUNY). Nelson’s other educational experiences include academic counseling, as International Student Advisor, and as a Learning Specialist, all with SUNY.
Her degrees include a Master of Science in Counselor Education and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Russell Sage College.