Professional Experience: I started my career in education in 1981 with the Longview School District in Longview, WA. With the exception of the 1983-1984 school year where I taught and coached in Odessa, Texas, I taught social studies and served as the assistant athletic director at R. A. Long High School in Longview. In addition, I have coached at one time or another football, basketball, wrestling, middle school cross-country, and track. Our 1995 football team won the league championship which was the first time since 1969. In track, I coached a number of state participants including two state champions (shot put & javelin).
My administrative career started in the fall of 1998. Since then I have served as both a Middle School and High School Assistant Principal, Middle and High School Principal, Executive Director, and Assistant Superintendent prior to becoming Superintendent here in Pendleton.
Education: I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1981, one class short of a double major while participating in Football and Track and Field. In 1987, I earned a Master’s in Education Administration from Portland State University and in 2013 successfully completed the WSU Field-Based Superintendent Credential Program.
Personal Information: I am married to my wife Susie who is currently active in Altrusa and volunteers several hours a week at Washington Elementary School. We have four grown children and eight grandchildren who all live within four hours of us in Southwest Washington.
What I Enjoy about Pendleton: Pendleton is a great place to live. Our schools have a great balance of veteran and younger staff committed to their students. There are several innovative and unique programs and practices in place that are producing great results. The community itself provides an unbelievable amount of support to the District that sets us apart from most other areas.