Dr. Richard Wagner to lead the ATEA

Dr. Richard Wagner
Dr. Richard Wagner

Dunwoody College of Technology President Dr. Rich Wagner assumed his role as president of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) at its annual meeting held in late March in Chattanooga, Tenn.
ATEA is a national professional organization that serves faculty, administrators, educational services vendors, and companies that hire graduates from technical programs.
“It is an honor to lead this great organization during Dunwoody’s centennial year,” said Wagner, a resident of Waconia who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.
“Like Dunwoody, the ATEA has long been an advocate for the importance of technical education to the U.S. economy. I will use my ATEA presidency to continue to make the case for the value of applied learning to improve lives, businesses and communities.
“I also have a message for my fellow higher education administrators and faculty members: we can no longer afford as a nation to overlook the importance of an applied education or a liberal arts education or a STEM education,” Wagner said.
“Individual students will vary in how much of each area they want or need, but they need a solid foundation in and exposure to all three, especially in K-12. The modern workforce requires that technicians, salespersons and managers all have practical, hands-on skills, critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate well with others.”
Dunwoody College will also host the ATEA annual conference in March 2014.
Wagner is the ninth president of Dunwoody and has served in that position since July 2009. Prior to being named president, Wagner was the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Dunwoody College. He started his academic career teaching in the College’s electrical program.
Prior to entering higher education, Wagner served 10 years in the United States Navy, including four years as an electrician/technical supervisor on a nuclear submarine before becoming a Navy instructor.