TSTC Chancellor Announces Leadership Changes
(Waco) Texas State Technical College's move to a single accreditation is bringing about an exciting change in leadership. Effective August 1, Dr. Elton E. Stuckly Jr. now serves statewide as Vice Chancellor for Operations. In his new role, Stuckly will lead campus operations for TSTC's 11 locations across the state, including oversight of student learning and student development.
Responsibility for the oversight of TSTC Waco will transfer to Executive Vice President Rob Wolaver, who will serve as Acting President. "I knew that I had found a home 22 years ago when I joined TSTC. I am both humbled and honored to have been asked to serve the faculty, staff and students of TSTC in this role. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with the TSTC team, students and stakeholders, and to more closely working with the citizens and leaders of the communities we serve," said Wolaver.
The TSTC Board of Regents at its May meeting authorized the college to pursue a single accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This move allows college officials the ability to more strategically focus their efforts.
"Moving to a single accreditation will save TSTC several hundred thousand dollars, but the main benefit is the efficiencies achieved by a more effective, coordinated and seamless experience for our students and the industries we serve. In short, with a single accreditation, TSTC can focus more on education and less on administration," said TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser.
Chancellor Reeser chose Stuckly to lead campus operations statewide because of his proven leadership in technical education development and delivery. "Dr. Stuckly's experience and commitment make him the perfect leader who can help us achieve better returns on the state's investment through unified planning, coordination and resource distribution," said Chancellor Reeser.
Stuckly is a native of central Texas. He has an associate of applied science degree from Texas State Technical Institute; bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at Tyler; and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Prior to his employment at Texas State Technical College, Stuckly worked for 12 years in industry as a senior electrical designer and as an industrial controls specialist. For the past 27 years, Stuckly has worked at TSTC Waco in the higher education arena. He has held numerous positions at the college including instructor, department chair, technology cluster director and dean of instruction before becoming president in 2003.
Stuckly has a strong commitment to his community. He serves on several boards and committees, including the Rotary Club of Waco Board of Directors, Waco ISD Advisory Board, KWBU, City of Waco Visioning Steering Committee and numerous Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce committees.
A native of Red Oak, Wolaver holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Tarleton State University. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Wolaver began his career working as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean of Students Office at Tarleton State University and held a range of positions from Financial Aid counselor to director of Student Activities at the university before leaving for TSTC in 1992. At TSTC Waco, he has led in various administrative positions including Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Corporate College Associate Vice President, Vice President for Student Development, and most recently as the Executive Vice President.
Wolaver has been active in the community, serving on the Lorena City Council and as Lorena Mayor Pro Tem, Waco Founder Lion's Club Board of Directors and various community committees.
The community is invited to a come-and-go reception honoring Stuckly and Wolaver from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the TSTC Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center, located on Airline Drive.