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Presidential Search

Applications are now being accepted by the School Board of the Watertown School District for the next President of Lake Area Technical College. The new president will be the sixth leader of the college since its inception 57 years ago. The Presidential Search Executive Committee invites interested parties to learn more about Lake Area Tech and the application process by reviewing this page. 

About Lake Area Technical College

Located in the Glacial Lakes region of northeast South Dakota, Lake Area Technical College is a public institution that was established in 1965. The college sits on a 40-acre campus, serves an 18,000 square mile area, has nearly 30,000 graduates, and is known as a premier educational and workforce development institution. Lake Area Tech offers 31 programs of study, has a current enrollment of 2,600 students, and a team of approximately 250 full and part-time faculty and staff. The college consistently achieves 99% employment placement and approximately 84% of graduates chose to stay in South Dakota. The college also offers robust online and high school dual credit programs as well as several outreach programs that offer for-credit and not-for-credit training. 

Presidential Job Description

The President of Lake Area Technical College is responsible for planning, developing, and supervising all aspects of the operation of the college. The President provides leadership for its day-to-day administration, management, and operations consistent with policies established by the Board and General Statutes of the State of South Dakota.

Please click the button below to view the comprehensive job description for the President of Lake Area Technical College. All questions and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jeff Danielsen, Presidential Search Executive Committee, at 605-882-6312 or Jeff.Danielsen@k12.sd.us

How to Apply

Successful applicants shall submit:

  • A written letter of interest
  • A comprehensive resume
  • Three references

Deadline to Apply: 11:59 p.m. CST on October 21, 2022

Click the Apply button below to be directed to the Watertown School District TalentEd Hire webpage.

Governance & Accreditation

Lake Area Technical College is governed by the Watertown School District School Board and the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Additional Information on the College

Lake Area Technical College, Watertown, South Dakota was selected in 2017 as the #1 Two-Year College in the Nation by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence. The college is also a designated Military Friendly® Gold-Level and Military Friendly® Spouse school, and has been nationally ranked by University HQ, Niche, Best Community Colleges, Stacker, Best Online Colleges, bestschools.org, and more. Lake Area Technical College has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a leader among two-year technical and community colleges.

The college has experienced unprecedented growth, is financially strong and is closely connected to business, industry and the economic development of the community, region and the state.  Lake Area Technical College is a high-tech, innovative campus that is currently conducting a $40 million I’m In Capital Campaign for needed classrooms and labs.

Helpful Links

City of Watertown
Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism
South Dakota Board of Technical Education
South Dakota Official Website
Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
Watertown Development Company
Watertown School District