Spoon River College welcomes Mike Strauman as the Chief Operations and Safety Officer for all of their locations. This is a new position recently created by college officials, and Strauman will oversee facilities, construction, fleet vehicle maintenance, auxiliary services, and safety planning, training, and reporting.

“Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, we have to give more priority to the safety of our students and our employees,” said Curt Oldfield, President of Spoon River College. “This new position will create stronger safety and crisis response plans, allow us to implement more safety trainings to students and employees, and provide the leadership in that area to review any incidents that do occur, our response to an incident, and any improvements needed in our response.”

Oldfield also added that the position would be vital in overseeing the construction process at the Macomb East Campus in Macomb as the college moves forward into the construction phase of that facility.

Strauman is a 2003 graduate of WIU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a minor in Business. Before accepting the position at Spoon River College, he was employed at Illini Central School in Mason City, first as an industrial arts teacher for grades 7-8, and then as the director of building and grounds.

In his free time, Strauman enjoys spending time with his wife Kaitlyn and daughters Emma and Ella, and pursuing his hobbies in woodworking and electronics.