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WITC-Superior welcomes new administrator

Bonny Copenhaver says in her last position as provost for Motlow State Community College in charge of academic affairs, she was known partly for her shoes, but above all, her dedication to her students.

"My first question is always 'how does that impact the students,'" said Copenhaver. "If you don't mention students in an interview, then I don't go past that point. They are the reason we are here and why we have a job."

Copenhaver, who comes from Lynchburg, Tenn., was recently selected as Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior's new campus administrator and vice president of academic affairs, a position formerly held by Diane Vertin.

"Bonny Copenhaver brings a wealth of previous experience and has a long track record of active community involvement that will serve her and WITC extremely well," said WITC president Bob Meyer. "I am extremely excited to welcome Bonny to her new role and look forward to working with her."

Copenhaver says her biggest accomplishments at Motlow were getting an emergency medical technician and paramedic program started and helping redesign the developmental studies program. In 2010, Copenhaver was presented the Woman of Achievement Award by Women in Higher Education in Tennessee. She also has an extensive record in volunteer and leadership efforts in the community having served on several boards dealing with theatre and the arts.

"Bonny has a strong background in developing and leading initiatives designed to improve student success at community colleges," said Steve Bitzer, vice president of student affairs and Ashland campus administrator. "Her expertise in this area will be very valuable as we work together to improve services available to students at WITC."

Copenhaver began her career as an assistant professor of English and theatre and quickly realized she wanted further challenges. Holding a master's degree in English, she added a doctorate in educational leadership. Her resume is also dotted with graduate classes in theatre history and a graduate certificate in women's studies.

"The ideas for growth and change are always there, and then it's my job to add a different perspective," said Copenhaver, adding that her management style is more hands-off. "I tend to create with others rather than be the person who comes up with all the ideas."