Washburn Tech Welcomes New Assistant Dean of Instruction

September 30, 2014

Topeka, Kan. – Recent growth is prompting Washburn Tech to expand its instructional support. Dr. Clayton Tatro has been named the new assistant dean of instruction at Washburn Tech. He will work in tandem with Dr. Gillian Gabelmann, whose role has evolved to associate dean for technical education.

Dr. Tatro will work directly with technical instructors, who teach the 30 career programs that are offered at Washburn Tech. He will focus on providing support to instructors as they teach in the classroom and lead hands-on learning in the lab. Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech, says the expansion will assist in staying on the cutting edge of technical education, which is gaining momentum at a rapid pace.

“Dr. Tatro brings twenty years of experience in higher education to Washburn Tech,” said Coco. “We are fortunate to have someone with his insight and expertise working with our technical instructors. This is a big ‘win’ for them and, more importantly, for our students.”

Dr. Tatro most recently served as president of Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, Kan. Prior to that, he was both dean of learning services and dean of instruction at Garden City Community College, where he also officially began his teaching career. Dr. Tatro earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pittsburg State University, a master’s degree in psychology from PSU and a doctorate from the Community College Leadership program at Colorado State University.