As UW-Madison takes its time choosing a new chancellor, Wisconsin's technical college system is in a relative sprint to get a new chief after former president Dan Clancy unexpectedly announced his retirement in July.
"We've got a very compressed schedule," said Mark Tyler, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System board and head of the seven-member search committee. "Our intent is to fill the role as quickly as we can but make sure we do it with the right candidate."
Applications for the vacant position — Clancy's last day was in September — were due Friday. Tyler wouldn't say how many applications came in but said he expects the committee to be able to choose from a "sufficient pool" including candidates within Wisconsin and outside the state because of the system's national reputation.
Bettsey Barhorst, president of Madison Area Technical College, said it's important that the committee consider a wide range of candidates who can look at the sprawling technical college system with fresh eyes and new ideas.