Karla Trautman, South Dakota State University Extension

October 17, 2016

“You have to be able to demonstrate that you can listen and learn. That you can articulate your perspective and your ideas in a way that is respectful of past, present and future.” –Karla Trautman

Interim Director of South Dakota State University Extension Karla Trautman grew up on a farm near Jackson, Minn. She has served in a variety of roles in the organization, including that of 4-H educator, home economist, and as program director for family consumer science, 4-H youth development and community development. She holds a bachelor’s in home economics extension and a master’s in educational administration. Trautman calls Clear Lake, S.D., home and loves the uniqueness of small towns. She is working on her bucket list, which includes visiting all of the rural communities across South Dakota. Trautman talked with Sara Steever about leadership skills and being part of the ag industry.

karla-trautmanKarla Trautman

Trautman is the Interim Director of South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension. Over the course of her extension career, she has served in a variety of roles including that of 4-H educator, home economist and several administrative roles including program director for family consumer science, 4-H youth development and community development. In 2011, Trautman assumed the role of SDSU Extension associate director, a position she held until being named the interim director in May 2016. Trautman holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics extension and a master’s degree in educational administration. She lives in Clear Lake, S.D.

 

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