CCC-Hastings President to Retire

January 18, 2019

William "Bill" HitesmanCentral Community College has announced the retirement of Hastings Campus President William "Bill" Hitesman effective June 3.

Hitesman was named president of Central Community College-Hastings in 2002. He also serves as vice president over the skilled and technical sciences and the business and entrepreneurship/incubator divisions. In recent years, Hitesman has overseen the groundbreaking for the Hamilton Building expansion and the installation of an on-campus 1.7-megawatt wind turbine. He also helped oversee the creation of programs such as the heavy equipment operator technician, truck driving, diesel technology and the forthcoming wind energy program.

Prior to his current appointment, Hitesman served as the dean of the Boone campus of Des Moines Area Community College. He also served in various capacities at three other Iowa-based community colleges. Hitesman received the Iowa Community College Student Services Association’s Distinguished Service Award as well as its Dedicated Service Award. In total, Hitesman has worked in higher education for 47 years.

“Central Community College greatly appreciates Bill’s areawide leadership of multiple divisions throughout the years, most recently being skilled and technical sciences and entrepreneurship and business,” said CCC President Dr. Matt Gotschall. “I was honored to have served on his initial hiring committee and to work with him both as a fellow campus president and as the college president. We certainly wish him well in his well-deserved retirement.”

A respected leader in the Hastings community, Hitesman is a member of the Hastings Rotary Club, the Hastings Area Education Consortium and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a board member for the Hastings Economic Development Corporation, the Hastings Utilities Advisory Board, the Hastings Noon Rotary Club, the South Central Economic Development District, Inc. and SkillsUSA Nebraska. In 2009, he was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Nebraska Court of Appeals Fifth District.

“Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with Bill on several Chamber committees,” said Mikki Shafer, president of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. “His dedication and passion to enhance Central Community College showed in everything that he did. He is a valued leader not only to Central Community College but also to the Hastings community and he will be greatly missed. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

An Iowa native, Hitesman earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Winona State University, where he was on the wrestling team. In 2002, he was inducted into the Winona State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Hitesman later graduated with a master’s degree in leadership and community college administration from Iowa State University. He also holds a welding diploma from Northeast Iowa Community College.

Hitesman and his wife, Jody, have six daughters and 11 grandchildren.