Western Alumni Association Announces 2021 Distinguished Alumnus

Eric Chrisinger

Western Technical College’s Alumni Association awarded this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Eric Chrisinger, President and CEO of Co-Op Credit Union in Black River Falls.

Chrisinger is a 1980 graduate of Western’s Marketing program. He began his career at Co-Op Credit Union as a branch manager in 1981, becoming executive vice president in 1988 and finally President and CEO in 2008. During that time, Chrisinger has led many local organizations, including being a former board member for the Black River Falls Area Foundation as well as a member of the Rotary Club. He has also participated in several community initiatives through Co-Op Credit Union.

Chrisinger has a strong connection to Western and its Foundation. He has previously served as a member of the Western Foundation Board of Directors and has been instrumental in securing financial support for future Western students. He remains a strong advocate for two-year education, often touting the strong foundational skills that allowed him to be successful in his community.

“The Alumni Association and Alumni Board is so pleased to have Eric represent Western through this award,” said Stephanie Knutson, alumni relations manager at Western. “He is an exceptional example of a strong leader both professionally and in his community. As a proud Western alum, he is very passionate about the value that Western provides to the region.”

Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes dedicated service to the community or nation, leadership, personal growth and achievement, professional achievement, and contributions to the Western district.

For more information on Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award, including a list of previous winners, visit www.westerntc.edu/alumni-association