Utah System of Technical Colleges Selects Michael J. Bouwhuis as Acting Commissioner

Posted: 08/28/2018

Utah System of Technical Colleges Selects Michael J. Bouwhuis as Acting Commissioner

Nationwide Search Begins for USTC Commissioner, Davis Technical College President

Kaysville – The Utah System of Technical Colleges (USTC) Board of Trustees has chosen Michael J. Bouwhuis, President of Davis Technical College (Davis Tech), as its Acting Commissioner. Following Bouwhuis’ appointment, the Board of Trustees selected Kim Ziebarth as Acting President of Davis Tech, upon nomination by the Davis Tech Board of Directors. The USTC Board of Trustees has begun a nationwide search to fill the permanent positions of Commissioner of the Utah System of Technical Colleges and President of Davis Technical College. The Board expects to fill those positions later this fall.

Since he became president of Davis Tech in 1994, Bouwhuis has raised millions of dollars in funding, started dozens of technical training programs, initiated and expanded community and business partnerships, acquired and renovated classroom space, and increased enrollment. However, Bouwhuis maintains that his proudest achievements are the successes of Davis Tech’s students.

“We not only change lives here at Davis Tech,” Bouwhuis said, “we save lives.”

Bouwhuis has served as Davis Tech president for 24 years. Prior to that position, Bouwhuis worked as a training director at Ogden-Weber Technical College.

With his retirement imminent, Bouwhuis will oversee the implementations of several key initiatives and policies at the system level for the next few months and will also help select his replacement as Davis Tech president. As USTC Commissioner, Bouwhuis replaces David R. Woolstenhulme, who has begun employment as Vice President of Regional Campuses at Utah State University.

“Commissioner Woolstenhulme has been such a champion of the system and its colleges and has greatly improved its policies and practices,” Bouwhuis said. “Dave’s integrity has resonated with legislators and leaders throughout the State and has increased the system’s credibility.” Bouwhuis is determined to carry that legacy forward as he guides USTC.

Bouwhuis’ appointment as Acting Commissioner leaves a vacancy for the position of President and CEO of Davis Technical College. The USTC Board of Trustees, on nomination by the Davis Tech Board of Directors, selected Kim Ziebarth, previously the Vice President of Instruction, to serve as Interim President of the College.

Ziebarth, who has worked at Davis Tech for nearly 20 years, will become the first woman to lead Davis Tech when she assumes her new position. Prior to becoming Vice President of Instruction, Ziebarth worked as Vice President of Quality and Development and as an Information Technology instructor.

“Our college has developed and grown under the exceptional leadership of President Bouwhuis,” Ziebarth said. “I am humbled to serve the students and support the outstanding faculty and staff of our institution in this interim capacity.”

Bouwhuis and Ziebarth will begin serving in their new capacities August 15.

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Davis Technical College was established in 1978, and provides open enrollment, competency-based training for high school and adult students in Davis and Morgan County.   Davis Technical College offers certificate programs in the Schools of Business, Construction, Health Professions, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Service Professions and Transportation. Our mission is ‘We are a trusted learning community embracing technical education to promote student development and economic growth’. For more information, visit


About the Utah System of Technical Colleges

The Utah System of Technical Colleges (USTC) is the governing organization for Utah’s eight regional technical colleges.  Established by the State of Utah, UTech provides market-driven technical education through eight technical colleges meeting the needs of Utah’s employers for skilled workers.  The technical colleges prepare adult and high school students to enter or advance in the workplace.  Customized training is also provided to employers for their workforce through UTech’s Custom Fit program.  The eight technical colleges are Bridgerland, Davis, Dixie, Mountainland, Ogden-Weber, Southwest, Tooele, and Uintah Basin.  For more information, visit www.utech.edu.