MASB Names New Executive Director

Lansing, MI—The Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) is pleased to announce it has selected Kathy Hayes to take the helm as executive director of the statewide education association. Kathy succeeds former Executive Director Justin King who retired in May after 21 years of service. The Board announced its decision at the association’s annual fall conference in Traverse City this past weekend to more than 500 school board members who delivered a standing ovation upon hearing the news.

Kathy has been with the association for 10 years, serving as a key figure in the development of board of education members. She has over 15 years experience in the trenches, serving as a local board member for Williamston Community Schools. Kathy has proven herself as a forward thinker in education and organizational management, and has a strong, trusting relationship with staff and members. “I'm deeply gratified for this opportunity and honored by the board’s decision,” said Kathy. “My number one priority is to work with the board and staff to advocate on behalf of all Michigan school board members and the students they serve,” she added.

This was a thoughtful, unanimous decision by MASB’s Board of Directors with a considerable amount of feedback from constituents, superintendents and executive directors of other education associations. Many board directors shared the sentiment that a formal search was unnecessary as Kathy already exemplified the characteristics desired in a new leader.

“Kathy's strong leadership and interpersonal skills paired with her collaborative spirit make her the perfect candidate,” said MASB Board President Paula Saari. “We didn't want to lose the momentum of all of the positive changes happening under Kathy’s leadership as interim executive director.”

Kathy will assume her new role effective immediately as she continues to elevate the premier education association in Michigan.

MASB provides quality educational leadership services to all Michigan boards of education, and advocates for student achievement and public education.