FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2018
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Dr. Mark Englert, vice president and CEO of Gillette College, will deliver the Gillette College spring commencement address. The graduation ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Pronghorn Center and is free and open to the public.
Englert, who plans to retire this December, has enjoyed 33 years with the Northern Wyoming Community College District, including positions at Gillette College and Sheridan College, and a 38-year career in education. He started at NWCCD in 1985 as the assistant men’s basketball coach and academic coordinator and moved through the ranks to become CEO of Gillette College in 2010.
During his tenure at Gillette College, Englert has been integral in securing funding and working through the concept, design, and construction of the Rodeo/Ag Complex, Pronghorn Center, Inspiration Hall, and Area 59. He also worked tirelessly to secure funding for additional faculty positions in the Arts and Sciences, Career and Technical Education and the creation of the Energy City Voices. He was also the 2018 recipient of the Spirit of Gillette College Award.
“Dr. Englert is a cherished mentor to our students and an inclusive leader who brings people together,” said Dr. Paul Young, NWCCD president. “His wisdom and message will help guide our graduates as they enter the next chapter in their lives.”
Englert grew up in Carbondale, Colo. and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980. In 1986, he received his Master of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Wyoming and went on to complete his doctorate in philosophy from Colorado State University in 2008.
The breadth of his experiences as an employee of the district and his national networking and professional development roles have served him well as a community college leader. Englert currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the UW Higher Education Administration Graduate Program. He is also a national board member for the American Technical Education Association and represents NWCCD on the Complete College Wyoming Task Force.
In the past, he has served on the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Communications and Marketing, Leadership Wyoming, Hand-in Hand Early Childhood Education Center Founding Board, Sheridan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Martin Luther Grammar School Board, and served as an elder at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He is also a longtime member of Rotary International.
Englert and his wife Janine, the current director of the dental hygiene program at Sheridan College, started working at NWCCD in the same year. They have been married 29 years and have two children, Cody (wife Alex) and Kaitlyn. In his spare time, he enjoys almost any outdoor recreation activity. He has a particular affinity for hunting and fishing, would like to see his golf game improve and the family enjoys camping.