The Board of Trustees of Black River Technical College has named two finalists in the search for a new president to succeed Dr. Wayne Hatcher who will be leaving June 30. Dr. Dennis Rittle, Provost and VP of Learning at Ozarka College in Melbourne, and Dr. Eric Turner, Dean of Adult Education at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, are the two finalists chosen after a series of interviews held this week for six semi-finalists.
Dr. Rittle began his current position in January after serving for one and a half years as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Prior to joining Ozarka College, he served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Brown Mackie College in Salina, KS. He has also served as Technical-Education Administrator at Butler Community College in Kansas and as Program Director, Curriculum Writer and instructor for the Community College of the Air Force, in addition to serving on the staff of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Dr. Rittle earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a major in Human Resource Development from Regent University. He has authored several publications, served on peer-review journal boards, produced professional and community presentations and was guest lecturer in Oxford, UK. Common topics of his presentations are student success, leadership, team building, workforce development, employee satisfaction and business, for which he has received awards at the local state and national levels. He and his wife, Christy, have been married for 22 years and have two children, Daniel and Childress.
Dr. Turner has been at WBC since 1997 when he was named Director of Annual Giving, which later was joined with Alumni Relations. He was named Director of Development in 2001 and Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2003, where he served until becoming Dean of Adult Education in 2012.
Dr. Turner is a native of Randolph County and earned a Baccalaureate degree in History from Williams Baptist College, a Master of Arts degree in History from Arkansas State University, and the Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He is actively involved in the Pocahontas Rotary Club and is a member of First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Barbara, have one daughter, Emma, who attends St. Paul’s Elementary School. They reside in Pocahontas.
The BRTC Board of Trustees would like to invite the public to attend presentations to be given by the candidates next week on the BRTC campus in Pocahontas as well as to receptions for each candidate.
Dr. Eric Turner will give his presentation Monday, June 9, 9 a.m., in the Randolph County Development Center auditorium, and a reception will be held for him at 12:30 p.m. in the Business Technology Center Conference Room.
Dr. Dennis Rittle will give his presentation Tuesday, June 10, 9 a.m., also in RCDC, with a reception to be held for him at12:30 in the Conference Room.