David J. Gurchiek

David J. Gurchiek, PhD, joined Myers McRae as a consultant in 2020. He brings extensive experience in higher education, especially in two-year colleges and academic programs.

Dr. Gurchiek served 25 years in the Montana University System, where he was recognized for his energetic and collaborative leadership style. Over his career he has served as dean, associate dean, department chair (nursing, health, public safety), program director, state faculty union vice president, and academic senator. Throughout his academic career he has been instrumental in developing a variety of degree programs, certificates, apprenticeships, workforce credentials and dual credit opportunities along with building 2+2 degree pathway options for universities. This was accomplished by working with program advisory boards and listening to the needs of business and industry.

Dr. Gurchiek started his academic career at City College, Montana State University Billings an embedded two-year college formerly named the College of Technology. He then became the dean of Highlands College of Montana Tech, a comprehensive two-year college embedded within Montana Technological University, a highly recognized science, technology, engineering, and math university consistently ranked among the best return on investment institutions in the nation. He believes that the skills that he learned as an academic leader also helps to assist with the search needs of colleges and universities.

Today, Dr. Gurchiek is the host of Academic Dean, a podcast where he connects with passionate college leaders who share their stories and viewpoints of higher education, especially lessons learned along the way. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare from California College for Health Sciences and a Ph.D. in Human Services, with a focus in public safety, from Capella University.