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School district's personnel director comes from University of Minnesota

The Hudson Board of Education approved the hiring of several new administrators including a new director of personnel services, Jennifer Ninneman.

Ninneman comes to the job from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where she has served as lead human resources consultant for the past year. Prior to that she worked as human resources manager at UW-River Falls.

Ninneman will replace current director Bob Benoy, who is retiring at the end of June.

Ninneman, a native of Glenwood City, earned a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies and a master's degree in training and development from UW-Stout. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in organization and management with an emphasis in human resource management.

Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said that interview team members were impressed with Ninneman's people skills, human resource knowledge, leadership, organization and collaboration. "Ms. Ninneman brings to us strong knowledge in human resource development that will serve the needs of our staff and the organization. We look forward to her contributions to our school district and the community."

In an interview with the Star-Observer, Ninneman said her new position with the Hudson School District is a "dream job."

"This is an opportunity I could not pass up -- the chance to work in a place that is so rich in terms of its education system and the level of community involvement. And the chance to work at something different from the college level. I have lots of things to learn in a growing district like Hudson and I am very excited about it."

Ninneman said the fact that she is one of four new administrators who are either new or been with the district less than two years isn't intimidating. "I find that prospect exciting, especially when we can build on the experience and track record of people like Bob Benoy. I know I have big shoes to fill there."

Ninneman said "getting up to speed" in her new job is her most immediate challenge.

"I want to get to know as much as I can about what everybody does, and I want to let them get to know me as well. I think those are my most immediate priorities."

Ninneman said she has not had a great deal of experience with unions or contract negotiations in previous positions, but says she is looking forward to learning what she needs to know.

"I am thrilled to join Hudson School District in their pursuit of excellence in education for all students. I look forward to working with and learning from teachers, students, staff and community within the district."

Ninneman's office is also in charge of the district's transportation department.

Ninneman's father, Tony Ninneman is a retired teacher of 30 years and still lives in Glenwood City. She also has a brother and sister who live in the area.

Ninneman will be on the job in Hudson on July 10. To contact her office, call (715) 386-4903.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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