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April 2012 News Releases

Dean Named for Washburn Institute of Technology

Washburn University President Jerry Farley announces the appointment of Clark Coco as dean of Washburn Institute of Technology, effective in June.

Coco has served as president of North Central Kansas Technical College, which has locations in Beloit and Hays. During his tenure, he had a leadership role in the ongoing alignment process between NCKTC and Fort Hays State University, facilitated a $1.6 million Federal Department of Labor Workforce Grant and was instrumental in successful Higher Learning Commission accreditation for NCKTC.

His previous positions include superintendent of USD 272, Waconda; building level principal at USD #426, Pike Valley Schools, Scandia; and director of education at the Youth Center for Juvenile Offenders, Beloit.

Coco received a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University and a master’s degree at Wayne (Neb.) State College.

The position of dean at Washburn Tech is very important, not only as the person responsible for academic mission of the school, but for the economy of northeast Kansas, said Jerry B. Farley, Washburn president.

“We are pleased to have had such a fine pool of candidates. Clark Coco’s experience and understanding of career and technical education is extensive. His understanding of the relationship between our Tech campus and business and industry was an important element in his selection. I am certain he will have a great relationship with our school district partners to expand opportunities for high school students and further develop our post-secondary programs,” Farley said.

“We look forward to working with Dean Coco,” said Randy Pembrook, vice president for academic affairs at Washburn. “His experience and enthusiasm for technical education and his connections with business and K-12 education ensure an exciting future for Washburn Tech.”

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Dena Anson, Wahsburn, university relations, (785) 670-1711