As a professional educational administrator with a successful track record, Ken Heinz, PhD, balances the need for quality education with the demands for cost-efficiency. To meet these demands, Heinz has undertaken a multitude of tasks, including rewriting curricula, establishing new education and nutritional programs, instituting accountability programs, cutting budgets, writing grants, participating in labor negotiations, and negotiating staff-sharing agreements with other school districts and local governments. In recognition of the expertise Ken Heinz has developed over nearly a quarter-century in education, the Governor of Nebraska has twice appointed him to the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission, a board which sets and enforces standards of professional conduct within the state’s education community. In addition, Heinz is a current or past member of close to three dozen professional and community organizations. Ken Heinz began his post-secondary academic training in music and music education, accepting a position in music education upon earning his BA. He shifted his focus to educational administration when he studied for his Master’s degree, which he earned in 1988 from Kansas State University with a 4.0 grade point average. He accepted the position of Principal of Genoa, Nebraska’s single K-12 school shortly thereafter. After five years as Principal in Genoa, Ken Heinz moved to the next professional level as school district Superintendent for Nebraska’s Osceola Public School District, where he instituted a number of structural and other changes. He subsequently took the same position at the substantially larger Centura Public School system, where his focus shifted to a greater emphasis on cost-efficiency and solvency. During that time, he finished the requirements for his Doctorate in Educational Administration, again with a 4.0 GPA, from the University of Nebraska.