KASB making several staffing changes

The KASB Board of Directors recently announced several staff changes that will take effect July 1.

Brian Jordan, who is currently head of Leadership Services, will become Deputy Executive Director. Doug Moeckel, the current Deputy Executive Director, will continue as a Leadership Services Field Specialist.

Two new staffers are joining KASB. They are Sue Givens, who is currently superintendent of El Dorado USD 490, and Britton Hart, who is the current principal of Emporia High School, Emporia USD 253.

Givens will take over as a Field Service Specialist for Leadership Services, replacing Craig Wilford, who is retiring. Hart will join as Director of Leadership Services and Partnerships.

KASB Executive Director John Heim said the changes will strengthen KASB as a leading voice for public education, serving members of governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers.

Heim praised Moeckel, saying, “Doug has been instrumental in the success of KASB. He is ready to take a step back and hand off to Brian as we continue to serve our membership in their pursuit of student success.”

Heim said as Jordan changes position he will continue work overseeing Leadership Services. And Heim looked forward to the additions of Givens and Hart, who are well-known, award-winning educators. Heim also lauded the work of Wilford, especially his focus on cultural diversity.

In 2017, Givens was named Kansas Superintendent of the Year and Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni. In 2018, she received the KSSA Distinguished Service Award. In addition to El Dorado, Givens has served in the Pratt, Garden Plain, Stafford, Topeka and Burlington school districts.

Hart was named Principal of the Year at Emporia High School in 2016; Outstanding Administrator of the Year in 2018 by the North Central Music Educators Association and Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2005 while at Olathe North High School, Olathe USD 233.
Both educators have also held leadership positions in various education organizations.

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