Mitchell Technical Institute announces the hiring of its fifth president since the school opened in 1968. Mark Wilson, Rapid City, has accepted the position being vacated by retiring MTI president Greg Von Wald. Von Wald will leave MTI in June after seven years as the school’s leader.
Wilson currently serves as the president of Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City. Prior to assuming the presidency of WDTI in 2012, he served as the state director of the Office of Career Learning and Instruction for the state of South Dakota for seven years. He was instrumental in leading the facility planning, bonding and campus expansion projects at all four of the state’s technical institutes. He is a past assistant state director and state supervisor of technology for the state of North Dakota and began his career as a technology instructor at the middle school and secondary levels.
Wilson holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Valley City State University.
Dr. Joe Graves, superintendent of Mitchell Public Schools and chair of the search committee, praised Wilson for three outstanding qualities that contributed to his selection. “Mark deserves a lot of credit for bringing career and technical education into focus at the state level. One, he played a significant role in helping to build and expand the four technical institute campuses; two, he has taught technical education and has a unique understanding of the faculty’s role; and, three, he absolutely knows MTI’s mission.”
Wilson will officially begin his duties at MTI on July 1.