Dr. John Heim is executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards. Prior to joining KASB he served as superintendent of schools (1997-2010) for Emporia USD 253. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Emporia State University in the Teacher’s College. Previously he was executive director of the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK).
He has also been superintendent of El Dorado USD 490 and Leoti USD 467. Prior to becoming a superintendent he was principal at Ell-Saline Junior High in Ell-Saline USD 307 and assistant principal of South Junior High in Lawrence USD 497. Leadership positions he has held include President of the Kansas Association of School Administrators; Board of Directors member and Legislative Committee chairman of the United School Administrators of Kansas; and member of the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning Superintendent’s Forum.
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. 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.