Dr. John Walstrum served as president of Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) in Lakewood, Washington. He has a solid background of experiences and accomplishments through education, training, workforce and economic development, fund-raising, academic and student affairs, community service programs, and international education. As president of CPTC, Dr. Walstrum was responsible for ensuring that the college’s programs and support services meets the current workforce needs of its large service area. He was very involved in numerous organizations and as a member of local boards, and remains an active participant at the national level on initiatives related to developing a skilled workforce. He is a past president of the National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE), a former member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Economic and Workforce Development, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pierce County (WA) Workforce Development Council, other professional organizations and boards, and the local Rotary Club.
With a reputation as a proactive leader, Dr. Walstrum is known for having promoted and established new partnerships that are in the mutual best interests of his college, local businesses, major corporations, local school districts, regional and state universities, and community based organizations. His career, as an executive level administrator and faculty member, has been dedicated to the development of an educated workforce for the regions being served.
Dr. Walstrum holds a Ph.D. in industrial education, a master’s degree in technical education and bachelor’s degree in secondary education – all from the University of Maryland. He began his career in higher education as a full-time community college faculty member and division dean at the Community College of Baltimore County (MD). Prior to serving as president at CPTC, he was Executive Vice President at Central New Mexico Community College. He also served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Camden County College (NJ) and academic vice president at SUNY Delhi College of Technology (NY).