Dr. Sheree Utash has served as president of Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) since 2015 and has overseen the transition of the college to the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech). Prior to that she served eight years at the college as vice president of academic affairs. With 6,500 students, WSU Tech is the largest technical college in Kansas and acts as managing partner for the National Center for Aviation Training.
Dr. Utash offers a unique blend of teaching, administrative and leadership experience in both higher ed and private industry. She has provided administrative oversight for the college’s academic programs, with emphases in manufacturing, aviation, design, IT, specialized trades, health care and general education. Dr. Utash has overseen faculty, grants management, adult literacy, academic planning and resource management. Her role involved the formation and leadership of the lead institution for the National Aviation Consortium, a $15 million grant project with direct working relationships with two-year colleges in five states.
Additionally, Utash has managed and facilitated the college’s last self-study with its major accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, North-Central Association. Utash earned her Ed.D Community College Leadership at National American University, a Master of Arts, Liberal Studies in Communication / Education / Sociology from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism / Marketing from Kansas State University.