Frederick "Fritz" Wenck: Board veteran touts experience selecting presidents for college
Frederick “Fritz” Wenck began his political career as a founding member of the Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees in 1974. Even though he’s been on the board for 33 years, this is only the third time Wenck has had to run in an election.
Wenck, a dentist, has been on the board for the hiring of the two presidents in LTCC’s history. The board is going through the hiring process for the third time, with President Guy Lease’s retirement at the end of the year.
“For this year, you want someone with experience,” he said. “I know what to look for.”
Some qualities he is looking for in a new president are the ability to relate to the college, the ability to work with administrators and someone who can lobby effectively at the Legislature. He said LTCC needs someone who can fight for the interests of the college and protect its funding.
Another area Wenck wants to pursue is online classes. Over the past three years, the number of such classes has increased from 10 to 43. They fill a need for those who aren’t able to take traditional classroom courses because of their work schedules. He also wants to explore the use of online textbooks as a way for students to save money.
Recruiting students needs to continue, Wenck said. The program has been successful so far. Out of 500 prospective students who were contacted after showing interest in the college Web site, 100 are now full-time students, he said.
He said he is disappointed about the turnout for the student housing provided at the Alder Inn. Out of 20 rooms provided, only about a dozen students are living there.