LuAnn Strait retiring after 36 years at LATC

March 13, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A familiar face and voice at Lake Area Technical College (LATC) is retiring at the end of the current school year.

Student Services, Marketing and Public Relations Director LuAnn Strait will work through the end of the current contract year, which is in June.

In her retirement letter to LATC Vice President Diane Stiles dated February 27th, Strait writes that the decision to retire was, “overwhelmingly difficult.”

She began her career at LATC in 1987 as an admissions rep, then worked in admissions and marketing before becoming Director of Student Services, Marketing and Public Relations.

Strait has worked under five different presidents at LATC, Leonard Timmerman, Gary Williams, Deb Shephard, Mike Cartney and current President Tiffany Sanderson.

Her retirement, along with those of Agriculture Instructor Kelly McDaniel and Aviation Instructor Greg Klein were accepted by the Watertown School Board at their meeting Monday night.