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NCKTC dean resigns

5/13/2014

By DIANE GASPER-O’BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-O’BRIEN

dobrien@daiynews.net

In what President Eric Burks called a sudden move, Don Benjamin, dean of the Hays campus of North Central Kansas Technical College, resigned Friday.

His resignation, along with other personnel changes, were approved during Monday’s regular meeting of the NCK Tech board of directors on the Beloit campus.

“I wish Don the very best, and hopefully this is a good move for him and for the college,” said Burks, who did not comment on the reasons for the surprise departure.

“He resigned,” Burks said of Benjamin, “and we’re moving forward, and he’s moving forward.”

Neither did Benjamin cite any reasons for his resignation at this time but said he was pursuing “some other options” and is eligible to retire with state benefits if he so wishes.

Benjamin, a Kansas native who just completed his seventh year at the technical college, came to Hays in 2007 from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb., where he taught agriculture business for 14 years.

Numerous programs either were started or expanded on the Hays campus during Benjamin’s tenure at NCK Tech, and enrollment continued to grow on the satellite campus of the college, whose headquarters are in Beloit.

Benjamin’s wife, Lorie Cook-Benjamin, is an assistant professor in the elementary education program at Fort Hays State University, and he said he has no plans to leave Hays at this time.

Sandra Gottschalk, department chairwoman of the nursing program on the Hays campus, was appointed interim dean of the Hays campus.

Burks said a search for Benjamin’s replacement will begin immediately.