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Bethel Professor Appointed to Influential Minnesota Board of Administrators

Tracy Reimer, associate professor, Ed.D. in K-12 Administration

It wasn’t until last year that Tracy Reimer, an associate professor in Bethel University’s Ed.D. in Leadership in K-12 Administration program, began to consider becoming a board of directors member on Minnesota’s Board of School Administrators (BOSA). But when a current board member asked her if she would be interested, Reimer decided to learn more. This year, she was selected to represent college educators for a four-year term as part of the governor-appointed 10-member board.

“It’s an honor to serve on the Board of School Administrators,” Reimer says. “It’s a very healthy, high-functioning board that’s highly-regarded. I feel privileged to be a part of that.”

Created by the state legislature, BOSA handles licensing standards and processes for public school administrators. Board members handle ethical issues, and they also carry out accreditation visits to colleges and universities that offer administrator license programs.

In addition to the monthly board meeting, each member also participates in a subcommittee, which has its own meetings. Reimer participates in the professional development subcommittee, which reviews accreditation visit reports and continuing education credits.

Reimer’s experiences have equipped her for success in her new role with BOSA. As an associate professor and assistant director for program development in the Ed.D. program, Reimer prepares students for state licensure as principals, superintendents, and special education administrators. She also has professional experience as a public school administrator.

“Tracy's public school experience, academic leadership abilities, and sharp mind make her ideal to serve on the Board of School Administrators,” says Randy Bergen, associate provost of the College of Adult & Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and Graduate School. “The governor's office made a wise choice in recognizing her abilities and naming her to that influential board.”

Craig Paulson, professor and program director of Bethel’s Ed.D. in Leadership program, echoes Bergen’s praise—expanding on the leadership qualities that make Reimer a great addition to BOSA.

“Tracy is a remarkable leader,” Paulson says. He explains that her wisdom, clarity, graciousness, and ability to lead in a collaborative and relational manner to achieve results are key characteristics that Reimer brings to the board. He adds, “Tracy and I are part of the collaborative for the Minnesota Board of School Administrators. She has demonstrated those [leadership] skills consistently and has been tapped many times to head initiatives and make presentations to the whole group… Tracy models the type of leadership I think the state is looking for.”

For her part, Reimer hopes her past experience and present passion will be an asset to BOSA. “I have been on multiple task forces for BOSA,” she says, “and I hope that being able to speak into them will be valuable.”

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