Dawson Community College Board of Trustees

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Mr. Chad Knudson, Chairman of the Board

As a newspaperman and publisher of the Glendive Ranger-Review, Chad had the unique opportunity to observe conditions at DCC first-hand, attending every board meeting for a year before deciding to run for trustee in 2013. He pledged to help reform the college and was elected in the first contested race in several years.

Chad was born and raised a fifth-generation Glendivian. He cut his teeth in business working at the family store before graduating from DCHS in 1998. Credits earned at DCC during high school and over summer terms allowed him to graduate early and summa cum laude from Valparaiso University of Indiana in just three years. There he earned a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing, international business and global studies with an honors distinction in the humanities.

Chad has worked in business development and management in large corporations and small business ventures: From Bismarck to Denver, Chicago and Glendive. He has experienced both successes and failures, all of which have contributed to life-long learning.

He is a past recipient of MDU Resources Group's Einstein Award for Innovation, is a sub-committee chairman for Leadership Glendive, and vice-president of the Revive Glendive organization.

Chad is also an avid traveller, having spent significant time studying language and culture in Spain and travelling extensively in Europe, South America, and the United States for both business and pleasure. His favorite getaway is to the ski slopes. He is proud that every journey has eventually led him home.


Mr. Bob Stanhope, Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. Stanhope was born and raised in Baker, Montana. He attended college at NMC – Havre and graduated from Dawson Community College with an AAS Degree in Survey Technology in 1982. Stanhope is married to Kristie with three grown children - Nate, Kalli and Blake. Stanhope is a Professional Land Surveyor, licensed in Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Stanhope is currently a Survey and GIS Supervisor for WBI Energy Transmission, Inc. and a small business co-owner of Stateline Surveys. Stanhope is a 30 year resident of Glendive, 20 year member of the Elks Lodge No. 1324, past board member of Zion Lutheran Church, currently the President of the Trap Club, and a past President of the Chamber of Commerce. Stanhope enjoys coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer and his hobbies include shooting trap, watching sports, golf, and fishing.


Mr. Alan Sevier

Trustee Alan Sevier is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Glendive and he and his wife Lois have three children: Kami, Maleri and Cody. He was born, raised and educated in Glendive and graduated from DCC in 1979. After completing college at MSU Billings and spending several years in the insurance industry, Alan returned to Glendive in 1984 to open a branch office for Edward Jones. He joined the college board of directors in 1996 and  served as Board Chair for many of his years as a trustee. Alan is active in the community and has been involved in many organizations over the years. Currently he is board president for Midrivers Communications and board chairman of the Congregational Church.  He and his wife Lois enjoy traveling and spending time in Arizona.


Mr. Don Kettner

Mr. Kettner is a native of North Dakota, who after 6 years in secondary education moved to DCC for 38 years. During that time at DCC he served in many positions from Coach/AD, Registrar, VP for Instruction and the final 18 years as President.  While at the college he served on 30 national, regional boards and commissions. Since retiring in 1999, he was a member of the Montana Board for Veterans Affairs, chairing the last 3 years (Kettner served in Korea with the 1st Marine Division 1951-52). He was appointed to the DCC board in June, 2012.

He received his Bachelors Degree from Dickinson State; his Masters from the University of Montana; and ABD from Montana State University in Higher Ed Administration with post-graduate work at the University of Michigan.  Mr. Kettner was awarded the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from both Dickinson State and Montana State. While President he participated and presented in numerous studies and publications from curriculum to collective bargaining. He is the proud father of 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.  President Emeritus Kettner fondly refers to Dawson Community College as his "5th Child"!


Ms. Kathleen Fritsch

The Fritsch family came to Glendive about 100 years ago. Ms. Fritsch went to elementary and High School in Glendive. She received her Bachelor's degree from Dickinson, her Master's degree from NDSU, and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University.

Ms. Fritsch taught three years in northern Minnesota and 27 years at DCC. She also practiced law for nine years. She found that she had a passion for learning and teaching, and not so much for legal work.

Ms. Fritsch retired in 2011. She discovered she still had strong feelings for DCC and ran for the Board. There were two openings and two candidates so there was no election. 

Ms. Fritsch would like to encourage anyone with an interest in DCC to run for the Board.


Ms. Becky Hicks

Trustee Hicks was born and raised in Glendive. She attended DCC and graduated with a Associates of Arts; then, continued to graduate from Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After graduating from DU, Ms. Hicks took a position as a Resource and Referral Director for a six county district until 2013. She currently is  working several part time jobs and working with her husband during the summer installing sprinkler systems. Trustee Hicks has two grown children, Stacy Hicks, living in Colorado, and Teresa Hicks, living in Bozeman, MT, and four grandchildren. Ms Hicks enjoys sewing, playing tennis, and playing Bridge.


Mr. Mike Wilondek was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2014.  His biographical information will be added to this page as soon as possible.

 

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