WICHITA, Kan. – The Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (SCTETA), which serves as the governing board of Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), announced today it has appointed Sheree Utash to the position of president. Utash has been serving as interim president at WATC since July 2015. Prior to that, Utash served as the vice president of academic affairs for seven years.

Lyndon Wells, executive vice president of INTRUST Bank and chair of the SCTETA board, expressed his confidence in Utash.

“The last six months under Sheree’s leadership we have seen the direction of the college continue in a very positive direction.  Changes have been positive and she has demonstrated the kind of leadership needed to sustain the mission of the college and we look forward to following her leadership moving forward.”

Cindy Hoover, vice president of 737 MAX Program at Spirit AeroSystems and vice chair of the SCTETA board, said

“Sheree has been doing a fantastic job for the last six months. We think she is the right person to lead this college forward and look forward to working with her in the future.”

Utash embraced her new appointment and voiced excitement for the future of WATC by saying,

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead a college with such a strong commitment to student learning and success, as well as one with a reputation as a leader in providing career and technical education.  I am fully committed to the role and mission of WATC and I look forward to working with the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority Board, the employees, the students and the community to share the future of Wichita Area Technical College.”

WATC is a Kansas Board of Regents institution and the state’s leader in modern technical education, offering 100 programs of study in aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, design, business and general education. WATC serves as managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita. Additionally, NCAT is home to some operations of Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).