Community College ‘Renaissance Man’ Dr. John E. Roueche to Visit CPTC

A nationally recognized authority in community college education, Dr. John E. Roueche, will speak at Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood campus Feb. 5.

Focusing on “Student Success is Everyone’s Responsibility,” Dr. Roueche will engage with staff and faculty from both CPTC and Bates Technical College as part of a partnership in-service day focusing on preparing tomorrow’s workforce through higher education.

“Dr. Roueche is a national treasure in community colleges,” said Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, CPTC president. “Bringing a leading public figure here will be good for our state, our county and our faculty to have this level of exposure. Equally special, is to have Bates share this experience.”

Dr. Howard, a product of the Community College Leadership Program founded by Dr. Roueche at the University of Texas at Austin, and Bates President Dr. Ron Langrell, established the joint professional development opportunity recognizing the strength of working together to help Pierce County with developing an employable workforce for growth.

“Bates Technical College is excited to partner with Clover Park Technical College on this opportunity for our faculty,” Dr. Langrell said. “Dr. Roueche is an icon among community and technical colleges nationwide and an expert in teaching and learning.”

Dr. Roueche served as the director of CCLP for 41 years and retired in 2012. Since his retirement, Dr. Roueche has served as the president of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University. Known as the “father” of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Dr. Roueche has written 37 books and has spoken to more than 1,300 community colleges and universities.