The Moraine Park Technical College District Board announced that Bonnie Baerwald, who is presently the vice president of finance and administrative services at the college, has been selected to serve as interim president and will begin in this new role immediately.
“Moraine Park has been fortunate to have so many skilled leaders within our ranks,” said District Board President Vernon Jung. “Bonnie Baerwald has provided a steady hand and exceptional financial acumen to her work at Moraine Park over the years, and we are excited to have her varied skills as interim president. Her work style is highly collaborative and her dedication to Moraine Park is second to none, so I am certain that our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the external community, will be energized by her leadership. Bonnie will continue to carry our vision and mission forward, moving Moraine Park in a positive direction.”
Baerwald has been with Moraine Park since 1993, joining the college as senior accountant. Over the years, she has also served as financial services manager and vice president of financial management before being named to her most recent position as vice president of finance and administrative services in 2007.
Baerwald has provided vision and expertise in leading Moraine Park’s finance and facility operations, including fiscal reporting, budgeting, financial operations, procurement, risk management, auxiliary services, facility operations, design and construction. Over the years, she has provided direction to the administration regarding fiscal and facility-related operations, including a comprehensive budget totaling $83 million in expenditures. Prior to joining Moraine Park, she served as staff auditor and then senior auditor at Grant Thornton, LLP, in Fond du Lac.
“I am both honored and humbled to have been asked to take on the role of interim president,” said Baerwald. “Moraine Park has been my professional home for the majority of my career, and I am endlessly excited about the outstanding education that the college provides to the region and the state. I look forward to working with the District Board as well as our talented faculty and staff to provide the highest quality education to our outstanding students.”
Baerwald has an associate degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration-- accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She has been a certified public accountant in Wisconsin since 1981.
Baerwald has been recognized with a 2013 Professional Excellence Award – Community Involvement and a 2004 Professional Excellence Award – Administrator from the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education. She is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association, is a member and past president of the Moraine Park Vocational Association and the Wisconsin Technical College System Business Officers Committee. In addition, she has served as a board member with District Mutual Insurance Company since 2013.
Baerwald’s selection as interim president follows the recently announced departure of Dr. Sheila Ruhland, who accepted the presidency position at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash. and will begin in that role in March. Dr. Ruhland joined Moraine Park in July 2011, and during her tenure helped the college achieve its mission of innovative education for an evolving workforce and community.
Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis. and regional centers in Jackson and Ripon, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.