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Lawrence school district names new administrator to replace outgoing chief academic officer

April 24, 2012

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Adam Holden, an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, has been named the Lawrence school district's assistant superintendent. Holden has experience leading public and private schools throughout Northeast Kansas.

Adam Holden, an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, has been named the Lawrence school district's assistant superintendent. Holden has experience leading public and private schools throughout Northeast Kansas.

Adam Holden, an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, has been named the Lawrence school district’s new assistant superintendent of teaching and learning.

Currently training future superintendents at Fort Hays, Holden has been the head of several private and public schools in northwest Kansas. Since 1993, he’s lived in Topeka. He spends most weekdays in Hays and weekends in Topeka.

“He brings a nice combination of theory and practice,” Superintendent Rick Doll said.

Holden will replace Kim Bodensteiner, who has been the district’s chief academic officer since 2007. Bodensteiner resigned from the position earlier this year to take a new job as director of teaching and learning in the Bellevue, Neb., school district, where Lawrence’s former chief operating officer, Frank Harwood, is the superintendent.

In his new position, Holden will supervise the district’s teaching and learning functions. Those include curriculum development, instruction, assessment, student intervention services, professional development, planning and program improvement, instructional technology and library media services. His base salary is $111,800.

Holden said in meeting with district administrators and teachers that he was impressed with the direction the district is headed.

“They knew where they wanted to go. And I’m excited to be a member of a team like that,” Holden said.

Holden, who was born near London, was raised in the southern part of the United Kingdom. He has been a teacher, school administrator and adjunct professor in both private and public schools in Europe and the United States.

Holden helped open the Washburn Rural Alternative School in Topeka. As head of the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, he helped the school obtain National Blue Ribbon status and recognition as an International Baccalaureate World School. He also has served as a ninth to 12th grade principal for the Archdiocese in Kansas City, Kan., which included Topeka’s Hayden High School and Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park. Over the years, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Mary, Baker University, Benedictine College and Washburn University.

Holden was chosen from a strong pool of applicants, Doll said and picked for his success at “taking systems and making them better.”

At Fort Hays, Holden works with advanced education programs and coordinates district leadership programs, which is geared toward training future superintendents.

His official first day in Lawrence will be July 1.

“I think the key to a good administrator is coming in and listening first,” Holden said. “I’m very fortunate to be following someone who is as talented as Kim is.”

Comments

3006jeff 2 years, 9 months ago

We have known Dr. Adam Holden for the past 15 years. What an excellent choice!

Cogito_Ergo_Es 2 years, 9 months ago

Holden sounds like a top-notch candidate and I'm sure he's worth every penny, but we keep talking about the budget and financial planning here and I'm thinking perhaps we'll be paying the 'Assistant Superintendent' more than our outgoing "Chief Academic Officer?" Does anyone know? Can we really afford someone with his qualifications? If $111,000 is his base salary, how high can it go? And as of Monday night, we also rehired a director of instruction, for $92,000. How long is Holden's contract and how are we going to pay for it and any increases in the long run? It seems since the start of this budget crisis there have been lots of cries to 'Cut the Fat' in the district office and keep our money in the classrooms with the children. These two hiring moves seem far afield of that. Honestly, I'm not sure what money tree we have stashed up at McDonald Drive, but lots of big ticket purchases this week. Sounds like a really good guy though.

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