Michael Baumgartner

Executive Director
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
(Commissioner Alternate)
(402) 471-0029
140 North 8th Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln
Nebraska
68509-5005
Appointment Term: 
Sep 3, 2014

The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education voted unanimously to hire Mike Baumgartner on July 11, 2014. Previously he served as chief financial officer for Complete College America, a national nonprofit organization that works with states to increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. Prior to joining Complete College America in 2011, Baumgartner was executive deputy director at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, where he was responsible for the Board’s planning, budgeting, information systems, grants, and office financial administration functions, including the supervision of the fiscal affairs staff, the information systems staff, the grants staff, and the fiscal officer. Before Illinois, Baumgartner served as associate director for Facilities and Financial Affairs at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education from 2000 to 2005. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, his M.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Updated; 9.9.2014