Dr. John Heim is executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards and has extensive experience in school leadership and board development. In 2010 he was tapped to lead KASB as the fifth executive director in the Association’s 100-year history.
As executive director of KASB, Dr. Heim currently serves on the Governor’s Education Committee as co-chair of the metric subcommittee and is a member of the Kansas State Board of Education’s Mental Health Advisory Committee.
He chaired the National School Boards Association’s Organization of State Association Executive Directors in 2017, serving also on the NSBA Board of Directors, and remains active in the organization at the national level.
Prior to joining KASB Dr. Heim served as superintendent of schools (1997-2010) for Emporia USD 253 and was an adjunct faculty member at Emporia State University in the Teacher’s College. Previous leadership experience includes executive director of the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK); superintendent of schools for El Dorado USD 490 and Leoti USD 467; principal at Ell-Saline Junior High in Ell-Saline USD 307; and assistant principal of South Junior High in Lawrence USD 497.
Additional past leadership positions include president of the Kansas Association of School Administrators; member of the board of directors and chair of the Legislative Committee for the United School Administrators of Kansas; and president of Kansas Association of School Curriculum Directors.
In 2009 he was named the Kansas Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year. Other honors include the United School Administrators of Kansas Outstanding Service Award and the Kansas School Public Relations Association’s Communicator of the Year award. He is a graduate of the Leadership Kansas.
Dr. Heim earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, a master's degree in educational administration from Fort Hays State University and a doctorate degree in educational administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan.