Redefining the Classroom

LSSU hires Heidi Baumgartner as Escanaba Regional Center Director

Posted: February 19th, 2014

ESCANABA, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s new director of its Escanaba Regional Center at Bay College is someone very familiar with the center’s purpose. Heidi (Berg) Baumgartner earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration through the center and formerly worked for the center’s director as an administrative assistant.

Now, the Rapid River native is ready to help students find the same opportunities that she did when she was studying there.

“I have personally experienced the benefits of the Escanaba Regional Center and feel passionate about helping others on their educational journeys,” Baumgartner said. “It is my pleasure to have come full circle and now have the opportunity to advise students in earning their bachelor’s degrees close to home.”


After completing her college education, Baumgartner moved to Oshkosh, Wisc., and was employed as an office manager/purchasing agent for F.N. Sheppard, a specialized industrial belting company. Two years ago, she returned to her hometown as an office manager at Creative Composites Inc., a manufacturer of composites and advanced composite parts.

Baumgartner said she is enthusiastic about returning to LSSU’s Escanaba Regional Center as she had been a work/study student at Bay College while working towards her associate’s degree, and later was administrative assistant to the center’s former director, Beth Noreus.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Baumgartner also holds an associate’s degree in ministerial studies from Purpose Institute.

LSSU has been delivering bachelor’s degrees in Escanaba since 1989. It currently offers degrees in accounting; business administration, with concentrations in management, generalist, international business, and a marketing minor; criminal justice, with concentrations in corrections, generalist and law enforcement; early childhood education with a sociology minor; nursing completion; and bachelor of arts or science in individualized studies and liberal studies.

In 2008, LSSU began offering a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Bay College’s West Campus in Iron Mountain.

“Students are able to complete these degrees while staying close to home, and that can be a big advantage to someone working and going to school part-time, or to parents who want to pursue a degree while raising their children here in the Escanaba area,” Baumgartner said.

For additional information on these programs, or to schedule an appointment, contact Baumgartner at 906-217-4123 or You can also find out more by doing a web search for “LSSU Bay College.” -LSSU-

CONTACT: Heidi Baumgartner, 906-217-4123,