“Dr. Worden’s passion for education and commitment to our students is evident in everything she does,” said Paul Proulx, Chair, NTC District Board of Trustees. “Her strong leadership skills and vast experience with the College will ensure a smooth transition.”
Worden currently serves as NTC’s Executive Vice President. In her 26 year career at NTC, she served in a variety of roles that make her uniquely qualified for her new position as President including Vice President of Student Services, Vice President of Human Resources and College Advancement, Executive Director of the NTC Foundation, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Specialist, Benefit Specialist and Adjunct Faculty. Prior to coming to NTC, Worden worked in private industry in the field of Human Resources. Worden holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College, an MBA from Upper Iowa University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I am humbled and feel truly blessed to have been given the privilege of serving the great students and staff of NTC as its next President,” said Worden. “As the mother of two NTC graduates, I have seen first-hand the impact NTC has had in the life of my family and I am committed to providing those same opportunities to the residents of our District.”
An Ad Hoc Recruitment Group, including the Board Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer, conducted the internal search, at the Board’s request, for a candidate with diverse experience in various aspects of the College, including a commitment to students, employees and community partnerships with an emphasis on strong fiscal policy.
Worden received national recognition for her strong support of student success as the 2020 recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Distinguished College Administrator Award. PTK is a premiere international honor society for two-year colleges that recognizes the academic achievement of students and helps them grow as scholars and leaders. Members of NTC’s PTK chapter nominated Dr. Worden because she “cares deeply about each and everyone who comes through the doors of NTC as well as those who join PTK.”
In addition to leadership positions within the College, Worden serves on the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and previously served as Chamber Chair. She has also provided community wide leadership as a member of the Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership (GWPP) and Central Wisconsin Higher Education Alliance.
“Dr. Worden has deep roots within the community and was instrumental in the College’s recent strategic planning process and strategic planning at the Greater Wausau Chamber,” said Chair Proulx. “We are confident that she will continue NTC’s commitment to our learners and to the communities we serve while positioning the College for success well into the future.”
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Northcentral Technical College (www.ntc.edu) is north central Wisconsin's premier two-year college of choice and is a resource for all District residents. It provides individuals, organizations and businesses with quality skills training in a wide range of programs designed to build a competitive, technologically advanced workforce in today's rapidly changing global environment. NTC has six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo and an Agriculture Center of Excellence just north of the Wausau Campus in the Village of Maine. The Wausau Campus also features a Center for Health Sciences, Center for Business & Industry, Information Technology & Entrepreneurial Center (iTEC), STEM Center, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center of Excellence, SPOONS restaurant, Studio Max Salon + Spa and a Center for Geriatric Education.