NORFOLK, NE – A longtime member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors is stepping down from her seat. Shirley Petsche, of Petersburg, submitted her letter of resignation during the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Norfolk.
In her letter, Petsche cited family obligations for leaving the board. She said she is proud of her association with the College.
“I have greatly enjoyed my time as a board member and wish you all the best as the College continues to focus on the success of students and the region we serve. I will miss everyone, but I take with me that I have been part of the history of workforce training success in Northeast Nebraska through Northeast Community College.”
Petsche has served on the Northeast Community College Board of Governors, representing District I of Antelope, Garfield, Pierce, Wayne and Wheeler counties in their entirety and portions of Boone, Cedar, and Madison counties, since she was appointed in 2010. She was elected to the position in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Petsche has chaired a number of board committees and served as board chairperson in 2016. She was board vice-chairperson in in 2015 and secretary in 2014.
Petsche has also served as one of two representatives from Northeast on the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) Board of Directors.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said he has valued Petsche’s contributions to the board.
"I am grateful for the support that Shirley has provided Northeast Community College over the years. With her experience working in economic development she understands the mission of a community college of providing the services and training necessary in sustaining this region’s workforce. Her leadership and insight as a member of our board has been invaluable," Chipps said.
Petsche is a former licensed practical nurse who received her education at the Lincoln School of Nursing. She has served as director of the Boone County Health Center Foundation, director of the Boone County Development Agency and as a consultant for an economic development organization in Nance County.
Her resignation is effective upon the appointment of her successor.