Greg Donovan

Greg Donovan, superintendent of West-MEC for more than 20 years, will leave the district this month. (West-MEC/Submitted)

West-MEC Superintendent Greg Donovan is stepping down this month after leading operations and supporting the growth and success of the organization for more than 20 years.

Donovan is the founding superintendent of West-MEC, a career technical education public school district serving 12 public school communities in the north central and western portions of Maricopa County.

As superintendent, Donovan led the district through foresight and future-minded initiatives. His guidance has helped the organization grow to serve 200 adult students and 30,000 high school students daily, at 49 traditional schools in the West Valley, according to a statement. Donovan has also instituted numerous community and professional partnerships that provide hands-on career experience to West-MEC students.

Most notably, Donovan was key to the innovative partnership between a public utility, APS Palo Verde Generating Station; a community college, Estrella Mountain Community College; and West-MEC’s Southwest campus to encourage and provide a pathway into the power generation industry and augment an aging workforce.

Additionally, Donovan led efforts to develop the NEX building on the Southwest campus, the first certified zero-energy education facility in Arizona.

West-MEC continues to expand, as just last year, 30 acres were purchased to build a campus at Loop 101 and Thomas Road in Phoenix. West-MEC has purchased 30 acres at Glendale Avenue and Glen Harbor Boulevard in Glendale. Even as Donovan makes his farewell, he is setting up West-MEC with more opportunities for growth.

“I am grateful for my time leading West-MEC, expanding access and awareness of career and technical education opportunities in Arizona. It has been the highlight of my career,” Donovan said.

Donovan has served for more than 42 years in the education industry. His career journey started in the classroom as a CTE teacher. He then went on to serve in the Arizona Department of Education. 

In his time at NAU’s Institute for Future Workforce Development, Donovan developed and implemented career and technical education curriculum and facilitated CTED teacher districts. He also served eight years as an elected member of Peoria Unified School District’s Governing Board.

“I am excited to see how the current staff will take West-MEC to greater heights to impact economic development in the state of Arizona,” he said. “The future is always bright for CTE, and I intend to be a devoted advocate for CTE and public education in general on a state and national level.”

When he leaves West-MEC, Donavan said that he hopes most for growth, within community relationships, programs and new campuses, and educational success. 

“West-MEC provides all students with the opportunity to earn industry credentials and be ready for work or continuing education because, for too long, general education has not led to opportunities for success and fulfillment,” he said.

“Ultimately, I hope we continue to deliver the resources and support to provide for whatever is best for each and every student.”