Madison Area Technical College: Former Wisconsin corrections secretary and Dane County sheriff named Madison College dean of protective services

Contact: Bill Bessette

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Madison Area Technical College President Bettsey Barhorst has named former Department of Corrections Secretary Rick Raemisch as the new Dean of the College’s Center for Human and Protective Services. Raemisch served under former Governor Jim Doyle as Secretary of the Department of Corrections from September 2007 through the end of Doyle’s term in 2010.

“Rick Raemisch has been working in criminal justice and protective services for more than 30 years,” says Barhorst. “We’re thrilled to have him on board as we build our new Center for Human and Protective Services and train the firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians who keep our families and communities safe.”

Raemisch began his law enforcement career in 1976 as a Dane County Deputy Sheriff. He was a detective in the Narcotics and Vice unit from 1981 to 1988, before serving as Dane County Sheriff from 1990 to 1997.

“I’m excited to accept this position of leadership within the College and look forward to promoting excellence in our service to students and stakeholders,” says Raemisch, who will begin his new duties on February 14.

Raemisch holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Public Administration, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Before being appointed to the Secretary of Corrections post, Raemisch served as Deputy Secretary of the department for more than three years. He also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

The Human and Protective Services Learning Center includes programming in Human Services, Early Childhood Education/Child Care Development, Motorcycle Driving, Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics, Emergency Medical, Emergency Preparedness and Fire Service/Protection.


Madison Area Technical College serves approximately 40,000 individuals annually, providing “real world smart” education through a comprehensive curriculum of technical, liberal arts and sciences, adult basic education and continuing education, as well as customized training for employers.