Meet Eric Ripley
ACTE Administration Division Vice President
Occupation: Executive Director of Career and Technical Education
Employment History: Executive Director of CTE, Grand Forks Public Schools – Grand Forks, ND (2009 – Present); Director of CTE, Grand Forks Area Career & Technology Center – Grand Forks, ND (2012 – Present); Adjunct Instructor, Valley City State University – Valley City, ND (2014 – Present); High School Technology Facilitator, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks, ND (2008-2009); Information Technology Instructor, Red River High School, Grand Forks, ND (2002-2008)
Education: Masters of Science, Career and Technical Education (University of North Dakota, Grand Forks) – 2005; Bachelors of Science, Business Education (University of North Dakota, Grand Forks) – 1999
National ACTE Involvement: ACTE Task Force Member; National Policy Seminar Conference Task Force Member (2018); ACTE Advisory Group Member; ACTE Administrative Professional Development Advisory Group (2017 – 2018); Educator in Action (2017-Present); NPS Attendee (2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013); VISION Attendee (2018, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2010)
Regional ACTE Involvement: Policy Committee Member: Region IV Policy Committee, (2018 – Present); Policy Committee Chair; State of the State Reports (2018), State Liaison to North Dakota & South Dakota; Regional Committee Member; Region V Legislative & Resolutions Committee (2015 – 2017); Regional Committee Chair; Region V Legislative & Resolutions Committee Chair (2017 – 2018); Region Conference Presenter; Region V Leadership Conference, San Diego, CA (2016); Region Conference Attendee; Region V Leadership Conference Attendee (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011)
State ACTE Involvement: President, North Dakota ACTE (2016-2017); Member, North Dakota ACTE (2003 – Present); Legislative Committee Chair (2015 – Present); North Dakota ACTE “Administrator of the Year” Award – 2015
Platform Statement: As previously mentioned, I would be honored to serve in this leadership capacity and collaborate with the rest of ACTE’s Board Members. I have great respect for Patrick Biggerstaff and the positive work he has accomplished thus far in his term and would welcome the opportunity to learn from him in this role of VP-Elect to help seamlessly transition and continue the momentum for the Administrative Division.
With the Administrative Division being the largest membership division within ACTE’s organization, there is certainly a desire to focus on member value both to retain and recruit new professionals. My time involved in serving on the NCLA Board of Directors, had provided me a great opportunity to collaborate with ACTE, current/past Administrative Vice-Presidents, and with the Administrative Division membership through professional development and leadership opportunities within Region V and nationally. I feel that strong working relationship will aide me in both identifying and meeting the needs of our members. I believe I have a strong understanding of the ACTE organization, and would look to serve in this leadership capacity to strengthen the overall organization, advocate and advance the strategic themes of ACTE within the division, and bring a service attitude to the membership.