Tryggestad named executive director of Perpich

Curt Tryggestad

Perpich Center for Arts Education, a 32-year-old state agency in Golden Valley serving 11th and 12th grade arts students, has named Curt L. Tryggestad, superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools since 2012, as its new executive director.
Mary Bussman, a musician, principal and licensed superintendent completing her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, was the second candidate.
“We were faced with a crucial and difficult decision,” said Perpich Board Chair Benjamin Vander Kooi. “We had two candidates with superb credentials, both as administrators and as arts teachers. It was challenging to be forced to make this choice and we congratulate both Curt and Mary and thank them for their commitment. The board members look forward to meeting with Curt, having him attend our board retreat at the end of summer and having him become familiar with the Perpich community. We are eager to welcome him.”
Tryggestad was one of two finalists presenting to the Perpich Board of Directors June 21.
Before his time as superintendent at Eden Prairie, Tryggestad was superintendent of Little Falls Community Schools, Esko Public Schools and high school principal at Pine City Public Schools. He started his career as a music teacher.
In 2017, The Minnesota Association of School Administrators named him Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.
Tryggestad currently serves as president of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and represents Minnesota on the American Association of School Administrator’s governing board. He has served on the Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Council and the Minnesota Technology Task Force.