(Willmar MN-) After 38 years in various educational and administrative roles, Ridgewater College alumna and Vice President Betty Strehlow will retire this week to take on her next adventure. Officials say it’s no surprise – she will continue sharing her passion for lifelong learning with others.
Strehlow has been a constant in college administration since 1990 when she was part of Willmar Community College before it consolidated with Hutchinson-Willmar Regional Technical College to become Ridgewater College in 1996.
Throughout her 29 years in five different administrative roles, Strehlow worked closely with six college presidents, from Harold Conradi to today’s Dr. Craig Johnson. Prior to that, Strehlow taught for six years in sociology, psychology and human services.
Strehlow will officially retire August 16 from her 14-year position as vice president of academic affairs and student services.
Strehlow will remain active in the community through continued service on the Vision 2040 Leadership Program and begin a term on the Willmar Area Community Foundation Board.
It’s Strehlow’s passion for learning and leadership that paves the way to her next adventure. Journeying on two leadership/self-reflection treks to Nepal in 2014 and Peru in 2015 solidified Strehlow’s next chapter. She recently graduated from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and started Strehlow Consulting this year. “I have been coaching executives and other high potentials as a certified Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP).” By administering ELI assessments with clients, she helps them understand how their perceptions and beliefs create their life results. Her most recent clients have been from Chicago and Philadelphia.