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October 28, 2012

Sturtz hired at Central College

PELLA - Carma Sturtz has been hired as the executive assistant to the president. She will begin in the position Oct. 15.

Sturtz has more than 20 years of corporate experience supporting board members and senior executives. She most recently served as the administrative assistant to the president and CEO of Progress Industries, Inc., in Newton and as the office manager and administrative assistant to the Newton Development Corporation.

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Prior to that, Sturtz was the administrative assistant to the chairman of the Maytag Corporation. She also served in various administrative positions at Maytag, including executive secretary and compensation administrator, support to the senior vice president of human resources and executive secretary to the president of Maytag Appliances, president of Maytag International and vice president of strategic marketing. Additionally, Sturtz was an executive assistant at Pella Corporation for the vice president of engineering.

In this position, Sturtz will ensure the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the president's role while working closely with the senior leadership team and supporting the secretary of the college, the board of trustees, the president's wife, Tammy, and special initiatives.

Sturtz is the daughter of Henry and Arlene Horstmann, of Gladbrook.

Pruitt named executive director

Robert G. Pruitt has joined The Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens as executive director. Pruitt is a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a B.S. in mathematics and statistics and recently owned and operated Roots Market Natural Foods Grocery while also serving as program director for the GrassRoots Caf at UNI's Price Lab School.

The Arboretum is located just east of Hawkeye Community College and provides a 74 acre public green space to connect people with nature through summer education programs, community events, volunteer opportunities.

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