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Hudson school district selects new human resources head

Andrea Voelker

The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Andrea Voelker of Hudson as Human Resources Director starting on July 1. She will replace longtime administrator Nancy Sweet who is retiring at the end of June after 30 years in the Hudson School District.

Voelker is currently an attorney and partner in Weld, Riley, Prenn, & Ricci, S.C. out of Eau Claire where she specializes in school labor and employment law. She has served as counsel for approximately 20 school districts. She is the president-elect of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association. In a press release, the superintendent said her knowledge and experience as a school law attorney will be an asset in her new position with the Hudson School District.

Voelker's salary will be $117,293 plus benefits.

In her application Voelker explained her decision to move from the legal field to a public school district. "I no longer want to be outside counsel who comes to a district only when there's a problem. I want to actively participate in the development of staff to ensure the best education possible for students."

According to information from the district, Voelker was chosen out of a field of 24 applicants. The selection process involved 26 employees from across the district. Among the strengths identified by the selection teams were interpersonal and communication skills, service orientation, highly intelligent, technical knowledge, and ability to see multiple perspectives.

As Human Resource Director, Voelker will serve the district in that position and not as an attorney. The superintendent said "that Voelker's legal expertise is an asset but equally, if not more important, are her interpersonal skills and leadership in building productive professional relationships that will benefit the district's work.

According to the district's press release on the appointment, selection team members were impressed with her passion, enthusiasm, and energy for the work of supporting employee development and success. She was described as "personable and approachable, a great collaborator and a very genuine person who knows her stuff with people skills to back it up."

When asked about her new position, Voelker stated, "I am grateful to the district for this wonderful opportunity to be Human Resources Director. It will certainly be a challenge to replace retiring director, Nancy Sweet, who is well respected and valued in the district."

Voelker will start full time in the position on July 1 but will spend sometime this spring with Sweet learning about her new job and meeting employees.

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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