Board of Directors, Foundation for Lutheran Child & Family Services
Congregational Chairman-Elect at Cornerstone Lutheran Church
Former Member, Board of Directors, Community Health Network
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer at Community Health Network, where I was responsible for ensuring an exceptional experience for 12,000 patients each day and 16,000 employees
Former CEO of a national clinical laboratory testing company based in Indianapolis
Founded and scaled Cambient, a Boston area consulting company
Numerous other leadership positions and board memberships
1. What is your number one reason for wanting to serve on the school board?
As a product of HSE Schools (where I met my wife of 36 years), with three children who are HSE graduates, and with nieces currently in HSE Schools, I am invested in our school system. I want to see HSE positioned for long-term success. I can bring my leadership experience to the board to help develop a compelling and unifying vision for the system, a strategy to ensure we achieve the vision, goals to measure our progress, and a set of priorities to help everyone make better, consistent decisions. You can see my brief video on Vision & Strategy .
2. What role does policy play/have in the function of the board?
Policy development is one of the main responsibilities of the board, along with hiring and evaluating the superintendent, approving the budget, setting strategy, and levying taxes. The board leads the system by these activities, not through day-to-day management, which is the job of the school administration.
3. What legislative action at the state level would you support to improve education in our community.
As the 4th largest school system in Indiana, HSE has a special opportunity to influence educational policy. I have worked in public policy at the national level, and I know legislators are open to learning about issues that are important to their constituents. In HSE's case, we should be addressing the school funding formula (HSE is the 3rd-lowest funded system in the state); more effective teacher evaluations that focus on growth and development as educators, not how well they teach to the test; and curriculum that is effective for both college-bound and vocational students.
4. What do you think is the biggest issue facing your district?
As a quarter billion dollar organization, HSE needs a robust plan for the future. The next board will hire a new superintendent, oversee the next referendum process, evaluate educational partnerships, and address critically important social issues such as equity and inclusion. (See my video on Equity & Inclusion.) The board must come together in a spirit of mutual trust and collegiality to lead the district through these difficult decisions that will shape HSE for years to come.
5. If you were elected what one thing would you like to accomplish during your term?
I would like to see the school board become an exceptionally effective team that demonstrates the highest ideals of statesmanship, governance, and leadership in the service of our children. I have significant experience in helping boards and executive teams achieve the focus and clarity that are required for true leadership. We need not agree on every policy issue, but we must always treat each other with mutual respect and dignity with the long-term success of our schools in mind. Our children, our teachers, and our community deserve nothing less.
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