New Alton Superintendent, L&C President Address Questions from Business Group

Article by: Dylan Suttles, The Telegraph, dylan.suttles@thetelegraph

ALTON — Newly appointed Alton Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner and newly elected Lewis and Clark Community College President Ken Trzaska joined the RiverBend Growth Association for a virtual meet-and-greet Wednesday.

Baumgartner accepted the superintendent position July 21, after the retirement of Mark Cappel. She had worked for the district for 21 years before becoming superintendent and considers it an “honor and privilege to serve.

“Even in these unprecedented times, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else,” said Baumgartner, as she’s already faced a major challenge in age of COVID-19.

Trzaska officially takes the role as the sixth L&C president Sept. 21. He replaces Dale Chapman.

Originally born in Buffalo, New York, he moved to Europe when he was 6 years old and grew up in Germany. Trzaska comes to the college from Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, where he has been president since 2015.

“I am proud to be able to serve, and looking forward to jumping strait in next month,” Trzaska said.

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