An accomplished educator and corporate executive, Dr. Frank Trocki, has over 20 years of secondary and post-secondary experience, seven years as president of Elexon Ltd., a 135 person manufacturing firm, and years of corporate consulting and industrial development training.
Dr. Trocki, who retired as Chancellor of Montana State University Northern, currently is a Senior Partner in Uplink Education, LLC which provides visioning, strategic planning and productivity, financial growth, and defining innovative opportunities that allows industry and business to support collaboration and linkage with higher education. He works collegially with executive staffs of universities, business, and industries on a world-wide basis.
As Chancellor of MSUN, Dr. Trocki provided leadership to a comprehensive regional university which offers programs of professional preparation emphasizing discipline mastery, critical inquiry, and social responsibility in: teacher preparation; mechanical and engineering technologies including computer aided design and modeling; business and computer information systems; and nursing and arts and science. MSUN offered programs from the certificate to master's level.
While serving as Vice President of Business Development for Lincoln Educational Services, he collaborated with the Vice Chairman to implement vision and strategy in launching educational and corporate initiatives and in developing partnerships with major industries, associations, and research organizations, including Bechtel Corporation, The Shaw Group, Fluor Corporation, Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc, Best Buy, Home Depot, Sears, Wal-Mart, and Ingersol-Rand.
Previously he was Chief Academic Officer for Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis where he was responsible for providing leadership for all academic programs, facilities, new program initiatives, and fiscal control and management. Dr. Trocki supervised almost 100 full-time faculty and 2,100 full-time students with an annual budget of 30 million dollars.
Dr. Trocki’s first international assignment was with the University College of the Caribbean where he served as Interim CEO and President. At UCC he gained a significant opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and programs in an international setting through managing all aspects of day-to-day operations. He also worked with the VP of Finance to implement financial policies, developed and monitored the College's marketing plan, steered direction for a five-year strategic plan, led fund raising efforts, forecasted student population, developed annual budget, and facilitated the development of new programs.
While at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California he served as Dean of Professional and Technical Programs and provided leadership for five departments: Applied Technology, Applied Science, Health Occupations, Criminal Justice, and Information Sciences. He also directed the Center for Historic Preservation Technology, CR’s Sustainable Agriculture Farm and the Center for Applied Design and Manufacturing. Over 100 faculty and support staff serves approximately 1,500 FTE’s each semester in PTP programs on three campuses. Four departments either received recertification or were accredited under his supervision. Funding significantly rose to over $1 million in grants and partnership activities.
Prior to CR, Frank served as Professor and Department Head of Industrial Technology, and Graduate Director of the Engineering and Technology Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 1997 to 2000. He provided leadership for a 20-member department housed within the College of Engineering, which served more than 500 majors each semester and prepared students to focus on technical/managerial areas of the Industrial Technologies.
At Elexon Ltd, Frank had the opportunity to create a new manufacturing company to produce state-of-the art screen process printing technology, infuse digital imaging technology into screen printing process, and develop OEM sales for distributors, dealers and agents worldwide. Dr. Trocki had direct oversight of fiscal accountability and strategic planning. He initially saw development of a 75,000 square foot facility that included manufacturing, warehousing, research and design, service, shipping and receiving, showroom and office space.
Residing in Marshfield, MA, Dr. Trocki is married to Joan who has dedicated her professional talents by serving as a teacher of children with multiple disabilities for over 25 years.