Nov 21st, 2012 @ 8:42 am | Author:
VALLEY CITY, ND, November 21, 2012 –The professional and life members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) recently elected three VCSU alumni and/or faculty members into leadership positions with significant responsibilities in the international association.

Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "This is a rare and significant achievement for both the North Dakota Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NDTEEA) and VCSU's Department of Technology. We are proud of the leadership role VCSU plays in technology and STEM education and are confident that these individuals will make outstanding contributions."

James (Jim) Boe, DTE, was named president-elect. Jim is the chair of the Department of Technology at VCSU as well as a 1991 graduate. Jim will serve successive one-year terms as the president-elect, president, and past president for the association. His responsibilities for the first year will include working with all association committees to develop program plans and ensure their implementation, coordinating committee nominations, preparing the 'Committee Handbook,' assisting with annual meetings and the international conference, and assisting the president in all association activities. In years two and three, his responsibilities will change according to the office.

Peder Gjovik was named a NDTEEA affiliate representative. Pete is on the faculty of VCSU's Department of Technology and is a 1977 graduate. In addition to his current role as co-chair for the ITEEA Teacher Excellence Awards committee, Pete will serve as North Dakota's affiliate representative for a minimum of three years. His responsibilities will include reporting state membership to the regional director, attending conferences and training opportunities, and selecting the teacher and program excellence award recipients annually. He will also continue serving as the co-chair of the Teacher Excellence Awards committee.

Don Fischer was named the ITEEA Region III director. Don, a 1979 graduate of VCSU, served as the STEM coordinator at VCSU's Great Plains STEM Education Center for 19 months, and is currently the technology and engineering education state supervisor in the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education. Don will serve a two-year term, and his responsibilities will include representing the region's best interests on the Board of Directors, preparing reports on region membership growth, and working with regional affiliate representatives. Region III includes eleven states and two provinces.

These individuals will assume their new responsibilities in March, 2013.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.