Ripon school district administrator joins Moraine Park board

by admin2. March 2008 19:00

Dr. Richard Zimman, superintendent of the Ripon Area School District, has joined the Moraine Park Technical College District Board. He began his duties at the Feb. 20 board meeting.


A Ripon resident, Dr. Zimman holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from Lawrence University, and a master of science and doctorate in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to becoming the Ripon schools administrator, he was principal of Brown Deer High School and also held associate principal and alcohol/drug program district director roles with Appleton schools. He has also taught history, English and social studies, and authored numerous articles and presentations. His accolades include the Outstanding AODA Program Newsletter Award and the Exemplary AODA Curriculum Award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; the Best School Prevention Program Award from the Federal Office of Substance Abuse; and the Best U.S. Student Assistance Program Award from the National Organization of Student Assistance Programs and Partners.


“Moraine Park is fortunate to have Dr. Zimman on our board,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “A strength of the technical college boards is board representation from the K-12 system as well as from business and industry. Dr. Zimman’s extensive knowledge of the K-12 system will be invaluable as we develop a truly seamless career pathway for students from the K-12 schools into the College and then into the workforce.”


“Wisconsin is fortunate to be a leader in the nation in preparing its workforce for a competitive marketplace through the Wisconsin Technical College System,” said Dr. Zimman. “Moraine Park is an outstanding resource for employers and workers in our area of the state. The link between our K-12 school districts and Moraine Park is one of the keys to a healthy economy in the future for our citizens and our state, and I'm pleased to be able to provide some assistance in strengthening this partnership between our high schools and our technical colleges.”


Since he is filling a seat vacated by John Mason, Dr. Zimman’s term will expire June 30, 2009.


Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit