5 Dr. Don Wells, Executive Director KSSA, KSSA and Legislative Update

Dr. Don L. Wells Portrait PictureDr. Don Wells, Executive Director, KSSA

The Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA) announced Dr. Don Wells as the new executive director of KSSA in the summer of 2011. Wells recently retired from the superintendency in USD 466 Scott County Schools.

Wells grew up in Washington County, Kansas and graduated from Washington High School. He attended Coffeyville Community College on scholarship and transferred to Emporia State University; it was there that he completed his Bachelor’s degree in education.

His accepted his first teaching and coaching position was in Sedgwick, Kansas, and in 1974, he became the principal at Sedgwick Junior/Senior High School. His next position was assistant principal at Abilene High School at which he spent several years there prior to his work in sales for recreational vehicles in Junction City.

In 1979, he returned to education as principal of Kingman High School and served in that capacity until he was selected to be superintendent of Cheney Schools in 1985. From there, Wells went on to serve as superintendent of Mulvane Schools from 1996 to 2001.

In 2001, he accepted the interim superintendent’s position at Haysville USD 261 and then moved on to serve as the Charter School Administrator for the Augusta District in conjunction with the South Central Kansas Education Service Center in Clearwater. In 2003, he returned to Washington County to be closer to his father, who was ill. While there, he served as superintendent for the North Central and Hillcrest districts. During this leadership, both districts consolidated with their neighbors of Republic County and Washington County Schools creating USDs 108 and 109. That consolidation effort resulted in Wells becoming the superintendent at Scott County in 2006 and continuing until his recent retirement.

In a recent release, Dr. Wells stated, “My major focus will be to work with the leadership of KSSA to become a strong voice for the superintendents of Kansas and to communicate the important issues of the Pre K-12 schools to the public and to the legislature, as well as to provide enhanced service to the membership.” Wells also noted that KSSA president Mike Mathes, Seaman; president – elect Randy Watson, McPherson; and past -president Sharon Zoellner, Louisburg will be a key to a newer and stronger KSSA.

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