Lake Land trustees choose Moraine Park's Bullock as next college president

2013-03-06T09:05:00Z 2013-03-06T19:34:39Z Lake Land trustees choose Moraine Park's Bullock as next college president
March 06, 2013 9:05 am

MATTOON (JG-TC) — The Lake Land College Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Jonathan “Josh” Bullock will be the school’s next president.

Trustee Robert Luther, who led the presidential search committee, said the eight-month search included campus visits during which Bullock stood out from the other candidates.

“No. 1, he can articulate the vision for the future,” Luther said following the morning announcement. “No. 2, in visiting his campus and talking with people in his community, he is a key person on his present campus for outreach into the community.”

Bullock is currently the vice president for strategic advancement at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., according to his resume listed on Lake Land’s website. Prior to taking that role in 2008, he was the institutional research and institutional advancement partner at the same institution from 2002 to 2008.

Luther added that the search committee members were impressed with the feedback they received from the students at Moraine Park.

“They were very, very excited about him,” Luther said, “and he has an excellent business background, which will help him provide leadership in economic development for the college and working with the business community.”

The three-year contract will go into effect July 1 with an annual salary of $180,000, according to Lake Land’s human resources department. Bullock will succeed President Scott Lensink, who retires June 30 and has served as president of the college since 2007.

Bullock’s academic background includes a doctoral degree from Marian University, a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

He will be the seventh president of Lake Land, according to a college press release.

“Dr. Bullock brings to Lake Land College a unique blend of experience in both the business and academic areas which make him an ideal candidate to lead the college into the future,” Lake Land board Chairman Carl Hart said in a media statement.

The board vote to approve Bullock as LLC’s next president was unanimous.

“I look forward to continuing the nearly 50 years of excellence Lake Land College has in serving and educating students, the community and workforce,” Bullock said in a press release. “I look forward to strengthening these initiatives and collaborating with the community to lead the college into the future.”

Hart said the board was impressed with Bullock’s extensive experience in finance and fundraising.

“He understands the needs of this area and the importance in working with faculty, staff and students, along with local and state officials,” Hart added.

In his current position, Bullock partnered with regional community, industry, education and legislative leaders to assess future workforce needs in the Fond du Lac area and collaborated to form partnerships that addressed labor shortages.

Bullock said he plans to reach out and engage communities in the Lake Land district to create a future direction for the college.

“This is their community college — we want to know what they would like their community college to be,” Bullock said.

During his campus visit on Feb. 25, Bullock said he met with many in the Lake Land College community and found everyone to be focused on the same goal — student accomplishments.

“What a great, dedicated team at Lake Land College,” Bullock said. “From the board, to the faculty and staff, everyone is committed to delivering outstanding quality service and educational opportunities to students and I look forward to working together toward one goal, which is helping students succeed.”

In addition to helping students succeed, Bullock said giving back to the community is very important to him. He serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and the City of Fond du Lac Police and Fire Commission. He is a Rotarian and has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce and United Way.

He has received several awards for his personal and professional achievements. The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce recognized Bullock as the 2008 Volunteer of the Year. In both 2006 and 2010, the Moraine Park Association recognized Bullock for his leadership in linking career education within the district. He also received the 1997 Joint Venture in Education National Outstanding Facilitator of the Year Award for excellence in teaching from the New Ventures of Regis University.

Prior to entering higher education, Bullock was a research consultant for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; owner, vice president and research director for Bull’s Eye Research, Inc.; and a product developer for Giddings and Lewis, Inc., a leading manufacturer of industrial automation products and machine tools. His entrepreneurial experience includes the creation of B4, Inc., a marketing agency and the founding of Industrial Controls Engineering, Inc., an industrial automation systems integration business.

“We look forward to Dr. Bullock’s arrival at Lake Land to build upon the success of the past and lead the college community into a promising future,” Hart said.

“I will continue the initiatives created under President Lensink’s leadership and past presidents,” Bullock said. “I am thrilled with the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at Lake Land. We will continue to engage people in thinking in new, innovative ways and I want to continue to foster those opportunities while being good stewards of the college’s funds.”

One of the innovations that interested Bullock in the position was the college’s sustainability program. “I am impressed with the sustainability initiative and want to see that continue to grow, as well as build on the academic programs in this area.”

Bullock and his wife, Jen, will be moving with their children to Mattoon this summer. “We talked with them this morning and they are equally excited to be moving to the area,” he said Wednesday.

“The community is beautiful. The people are wonderful, extremely nice and helpful. The college facilities are excellent. It’s exactly what we would expect from a Midwestern community and we are very excited,” he added.

JG-TC Staff Writer Kayleigh Zyskowski contributed to this story.

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(4) Comments

  1. Hary P
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    Hary P - March 07, 2013 8:38 am
    You're right about the clean and cook it part. I was practicing catch and release long before it was popular. If your not catching walleyes at Shelbyville it must be from your lack of fishing skills, which wouldn't surprise me at all. Watching fishing shows on TV while munching down on pork rinds and diet Pepsi is probably the closest you'll ever come to fishing in Wisconsin.
  2. gringa
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    gringa - March 06, 2013 8:56 pm
    Me neither, Har, but I seriously doubt that you come home with a full stringer every time you're out on the water at Shelbyville -- like I do in Wisconsin?

    Actually, I don't think you've ever caught a walleye, let alone clean and cook it, but I'll go along with your story if you want to give us the impression of your great outdoorsmanship. Do you catch em on a hook or do you shoot em?
  3. Hary P
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    Hary P - March 06, 2013 4:18 pm
    Really? I've not had any problems catching them at Lake Shelbyville.
  4. gringa
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    gringa - March 06, 2013 11:56 am
    Wait till he finds out the walleye fishing around here is pretty sparse.
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