KASB’s Mark Tallman receives prestigious education award

KASB’s Mark Tallman has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award by the Kansas State High School Activities Association for his outstanding contributions in the field of secondary education in Kansas. 

“I’m deeply honored by this award but the real honor should go to my colleagues at KASB who do the work to make us successful; to KASB for allowing me to advocate for public education; and to my family and friends for their support,” Tallman said. 

Tallman, associate executive director with responsibility for advocacy, communications and research, has been with KASB since 1990. Tallman’s primary expertise includes school funding, academic achievement and education governance. He is KASB’s chief spokesman before legislative committees, for media interviews and public presentations on education policy issues. He also writes articles for association publications, the Tallman Education Report and represents KASB through social media. 

Tallman was appointed to an open seat on the Auburn-Washburn USD 437 school board in 1989 and was elected to two full terms, serving total of 11 years. His wife Kathy, is a former executive secretary for KASB and former local school board member in WaKeeney. 

A native of Hays, Tallman graduated from Thomas More Prep High School and received a degree in English from Fort Hays State University. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas with a thesis on the enactment of the 1992 Kansas school finance law. Prior to working for KASB, Tallman served as executive director of the Associated Students of Kansas and communications specialist for the Kansas Independent College Association. 


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