Leadership and Administration
Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn, President
Dr. Jeff Rafn manages NWTC’s three campuses, five regional learning centers and other locations. The College serves over 30,000 students and more than 1,000 businesses annually.
Under his leadership, enrollment at the 100-year-old college has nearly doubled due to initiatives in student success, economic development, and community partnerships that create new educational pathways and make the most of the region’s resources. The College has also passed two referenda that made space for innovative program offerings and high-tech equipment that make NWTC education a premier educational choice for Wisconsin employers.
During his tenure, the College has been recognized as an Achieve the Dream Leader College and been admitted to the Frontier Set for student success initiatives. The College has also received regional and national recognition for enrollment growth (Community College Week), student success (Lumina Foundation, American Association of Community Colleges, Insight into Diversity), and effective resource management (Ethics in Business Award, Bellwether Award, Green Masters Award).
Dr. Rafn has been instrumental in the development of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance and Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance, and he is active in the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, The New North, Achieve Brown County, Partners in Education, and Community Colleges International Development. He came to NWTC in 1997 from New Hampshire, where he had been state Commissioner of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System. He earned his PhD from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from Mount Union College. He was named Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
Dr. Kathryn Rogalski, Vice President of Learning
Dr. Rogalski is responsible for NWTC’s approximately 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs, plus corporate training and economic development. She came to NWTC with over 18 years of experience supporting student success at community colleges, most recently as the Dean of the Business and Social Sciences at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Her areas of achievement and expertise include leadership and management, curriculum development, and fostering collaboration with external partners, including K-12 systems, universities and business partners.
Dr. Rogalski has presented at local and national conferences on online student success, entrepreneurship and non-verbal communication. She earned her Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, Master’s in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University.
Dr. Colleen Simpson, Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Simpson leads the Enrollment Services, Student Success and Student Development teams, which guide students from enrollment through credential completion. She came to NWTC from the City University of New York (CUNY), where she had worked for over 20 years. Her areas of achievement and expertise include leadership and management, strategic planning, student retention/success initiatives, program management and administration, grant writing, enrollment management, and program development and assessment.
Dr. Simpson is a result-driven administrator, with a focus on using key performance indicators—enrollment, retention and graduation—to increase student success and attainment. She has presented at local and national conferences focusing on student success, retention, enrollment management and academic advisement. Dr. Simpson earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University, M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and B.B.A. in International Marketing both from Baruch College.
Meridith Jaeger, Vice President of College Advancement
Meridith Jaeger drives strategic initiatives that strengthen institutional advancement, development, and community relations. As part of that role, she oversees marketing, communications, legislative relations, institutional research, scholarships, and resource development.
Jaeger has been with NWTC since 2018 as the Dean for Corporate Training and Economic Development. She brings over 25 years of distinguished industry experience, holding numerous leadership roles in higher education and external organizations.
She is an active leader within the community and as chair of the New North Talent Hub and member of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board of Directors, National Maritime Workforce Alliance, and the Water Cities Soccer Club Board of Directors.
Jaeger has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Bachelor’s in Corporate/Organizational Communication from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Robert Mathews, Vice President of Business and Finance
Bob Mathews heads NWTC’s facilities, financial operations, procurement and distribution and bookstore departments. He brought to NWTC 28 years of professional business leadership experience with companies including Procter & Gamble, Pillsbury, Paper Converting Machine, Schneider National, Pioneer Metal Finishing and J. F. Ahern. He is a results-oriented leader with a record of success in strategic planning, development and implementation; business process improvements/margin enhancement; and organizational management and development.
Under Bob’s leadership, NWTC has won the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). Bob earned his Ed.D. in Career and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, has a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance and has been a community leader in various public and faith-based organizations serving adults and youth.
Daniel Mincheff, Chief Information Officer
Dan Mincheff has more than 20 years of experience as an IT leader and 10 years as a senior leader in higher education. His division manages instructional technology, enterprise applications, infrastructure services and client services.
Mincheff focuses on positioning technology to enable organizations and students to succeed. Under his leadership, IIT is responsible for keeping IT systems working, pushing the boundaries of innovation to support the next generation of learning, and enhancing data used in decision-making to support student success.
Before joining NWTC in 2017, Mincheff worked with a number of different colleges and universities as an Ellucian employee. During that time he served as NWTC’s CIO for five years. Mincheff has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Silver Lake College and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.