Michael Baumann hails from Olivia, Minnesota, graduated from Thomas Jefferson Senior High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Minnesota. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in September 1985, he served in Army units in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is a veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Baumann’s professional life started with a full Army career that spanned 20 years (1985-2005) where he served in leadership positions and staff positions from platoon level to Joint & Combined Combatant Staff levels in the U.S. Military. His last assignment prior to retirement was commanding an Army Battalion Task Force in the First Cavalry Division fighting in Baghdad, Iraq from March 2004-March 2005. Some of his military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Jungle Expert Badge, Parachutists Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
In 2005, Baumann moved to Lakeville, MN and began working in school district administration, starting in Saint Paul Public Schools. During his tenure in St. Paul, he held several positions of ever increasing responsibility: Technology Services Manager, Integrated Information Systems Manager, Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Deputy Superintendent. In 2013, Baumann left Saint Paul Public Schools and became Executive Director of Business Services for Lakeville Area Public Schools.
In July 2017, Baumann began his tenure as Superintendent of Lakeville Area Public Schools.
Baumann is the author of the book Adjust Fire: Transforming to Win in Iraq. He is married to his wife, Shelly, and they have one son, Alexander, who is a student and Army ROTC cadet at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
To learn more about Baumann’s goals and plans for his first few months in his role, read the Superintendent Transition Plan.
Miss the State of the Schools luncheon?
Watch the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Schools luncheon speech by Superintendent Michael Baumann and guest speakers: