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A new dean of engineering and business has been named at Washington State Community College.

Dan Leffingwell, a former Noble County school superintendent, has 35 years of experience in academic and administrative leadership.

“I am so appreciative of the opportunity that has been afforded me,” Leffingwell said. “I’m excited to join the Washington State team and look forward to working with so many in our collective work to improve life choices for those we serve. Washington State has served the community well for many years and is prepared to lead the inevitable change we will witness in our futures. I can’t wait to get started.”

Leffingwell has been a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. In 2022, he was named the Ohio State Superintendent of the Year.

Prior to joining Washington State, he was the director of Innovation and Legislative Services for East Central Ohio Educational Service Center and the director of the Appalachian STEM Collaborative.

“We are happy to have brought a strong visionary leader into our team who will take our engineering, business, cyber security, and auto diesel programs to the next level,” Vicky Wood, president of Washington State.

His strengths are vision and execution, which he has capitalized on to produce strong results in previous roles, Wood said. Leffingwell also has connections to business and industry that will be beneficial as he leads the building of the future workforce, she said.

“I’m confident he will find innovative ways to connect our students with future employers while they’re going through our programs,” Wood said.

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