Andrea Wirgau

Ferris State University - DCCL Program
BA, Communication Arts
Class of 2008
Alma Mater:
Aquinas College

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As the Assistant Director of the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program, Dr. Wirgau is responsible for student recruitment, admissions, class coordination, and other areas that ensure a smooth path through the doctorate program at Ferris State University.  She instructs the practicum, as well as runs new student orientation.

Dr. Wirgau served as Coordinator of Student Activities for five years at College of DuPage prior to her move back to Michigan. She is passionate about leadership and has instructed leadership programs for the YMCA and several outdoor education companies. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Chair Academy and Certified Strengths Advocate through the Gallup Organization.

Dr. Wirgau received her BA in Communication Arts from Aquinas College, MS in Experiential Leadership from Aurora University and Ed.D in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.

My motivation

I am motivated by growth - whether that is internal in the form of a-ha's or breathroughs or external through nature and land.  I am an extrovert and love working with others, but need time for that internal excavation and connection with nature.

My latest accomplishments

I recently completed two more professional development courses through the Gallup Organization towards my goal of becoming a certified coach.

Next big goal

Professionally, my next goal is to become a Gallup Certified Strengths-Based Coach and own my own business.  Personally, to become a mother of three!  (I'm due in January.)

Why is choosing your own path important?

Each individual's path is important because we are each blessed with unique strengths and talents.  Goals and outcomes may be similar at times, but the way to those achievements is drastically different because each person's mind and way of being are so different. I want to honor the uniqueness of each person, including myself.

Favorite place on campus

Wherever the energy is! The crowds of students making a difference at a service project!

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