Anoka Tech names Wickstrom as dean of academic affairs

Anoka Technical College has named Sherry Butcher Wickstrom as its new dean of academic affairs.

Sherry Butcher Wickstrom
Sherry Butcher Wickstrom

“Across the campus, Anoka Technical College can expect to experience new levels of excellence under Sherry’s leadership,” said Dr. Cathi Gatewood, vice president for student and academic affairs at Anoka Technical College. “Her understanding of the role of a dean of academic affairs and the depth of her leadership experience are a perfect fit for the academic needs of Anoka Tech.”

Wickstrom brings eight years of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system experience to the technical college. As a dean of academic affairs her responsibilities include maintaining high standards for over 35 career programs, directing new program development, redesigning programs to keep them relevant for business and industry and establishing strong partnerships with business and industry, educational institutions, workforce centers and other constituents groups to strengthen the college.

Wickstrom applied for the vacant dean position because of her past collaborations with Anoka Technical College and because she is an advocate for technical education and career training, she said.

“Past collaborative opportunities have allowed me to work with the faculty and staff at Anoka Tech,” said Wickstrom. “I am continually impressed by the caliber of the staff and faculty at Anoka Tech and have been inspired by the college’s commitment to students, technical education and to the business community.”

According to Wickstrom, she also a strong proponent of technical education and training. “I believe in the importance of technical colleges because they are the economic engines of prosperity that strengthen business and allow Minnesota to be globally competitive,” said Wickstrom.

“Anoka Technical College responds to the needs of business and industry, and creates effective workforce and the educational pathways that connect highly skilled students to real jobs.”

Wickstrom’s career history includes art venues, local and state government and education. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Wickstrom spent many years as a museum curator at the American Swedish Institute and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

She helped create the Leadership Institute at the College of St. Catherine, was hired by Anoka-Ramsey Community College to build new educational programs in professional development and was elected to the Eden Prairie City Council – she is currently serving her fourth term in office. Her career pathway also includes owning a business and teaching history and archaeology to children and adults.

In 2006, Wickstrom received an award from the National League of Cities for her commitment to excellence in public leadership and in 2007, she was selected by the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, as an alumni of notable achievement.