July 13, 2015 Watertown, SD - Former Watertown resident, Julie Stevenson has been selected to lead the Lake Area Tech Foundation and began her employment with the organization on July 20.
Stevenson comes to Lake Area Tech with previous experience in Foundation work. She was employed with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System as the Campus Foundation Director and Marketer/Community Liaison for Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Through these positions, she was involved in a wide array of fundraising, investments, community leadership activities, marketing, and public relations.
Stevenson also served as the Executive Director of the Aberdeen Public School Foundation working with Central High School alumni, area business and industry, as well as faculty and staff to build the Foundation assets to foster scholarship and development opportunities for students in the Aberdeen Public Schools. She also worked as the Public Relations/Marketing Manager for the Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center as the new hospital was being constructed and introduced to the community. She worked with Sanford Aberdeen until relocating to Lincoln, NE with her husband, Eric.
President Cartney comments, “This is a position where we needed a top-notch individual. Julie has the background and personality we are looking for to continue the success of the Lake Area Tech Foundation. We are excited to see where she will take the organization and know she will be a good fit within our community, state and region.”
Stevenson, a 1985 Watertown High School graduate, holds a MS degree in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University; master degree coursework in Political Science from Fort Hayes State University and a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Stevenson stated, “I look forward to coming ‘home to Watertown’ and being a member of the Lake Area Technical Institute team as we work together to enhance relationships and expand partnerships for the benefit of the students, the Institute and the overall workforce development of the region.”
Julie and her husband Eric, also a 1985 Watertown High School graduate, have two sons; Drew (Amie) of Portland, Oregon and Blake (Mackenzie) of Sioux Falls.