H. Jeffrey Rafn is the president of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), managing the operation of NWTC’s three campuses and six regional learning centers, which serve over 39,000 students and more than 500 businesses annually. Rafn, a native of Chippewa Lake, Ohio, served for 21 years as an administrator and educator in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before moving to Northeast Wisconsin in 1997. Rafn earned his PhD from Boston University.
Under Rafn’s leadership, NWTC has been transformed from a traditional hierarchical structure to a team-based, customer-focused organization and has increased its enrollment by 55.7% in the past 10 years. The college successfully passed, and has completed, a $46.6 million referendum project for expansion in health sciences, business and information technology, construction trades, manufacturing technology, public safety, and general studies. Rafn also serves on several boards and commissions.