Alumni Accomplishments

Congratulations to these College of Ed alums!

John Bute
John Bute

John Bute, M.S.Ed., Educational Administration, ’99, was named superintendent of Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46. Bute, superintendent of Central School District 104 in O’Fallon, Ill., since 2012, also has held the top job in Bureau Valley Consolidated Unit School District 340 and Pleasant Hill School District 69. He begins his new position July 1.

Larry Faulkner, M.S.Ed., ’79, boys’ tennis coach at Glenbrook South, has been named National High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year.

Alexandra Futty, M.S.Ed., ’16, has been appointed a teacher of the visually impaired and orientation mobility specialist at the Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Jan S. Half
Jan S. Half

Jan S. Half, M.S.Ed., ’80, of San Mateo, Calif., received the 2016 Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award, honoring women in leadership roles who have influenced their industries as well as their communities. Half recently retired from a career that included working as a middle-school teacher; selling technology products and services; acting as a regional technology director for the California Department of Education; and directing a student technology nonprofit.

The basketball court at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Fla., was named John Harder Court to honor John R. Harder, M.S.Ed., for 35 years of service, 765 wins, three state championships and 21 district championships.

Kitty Kautzer, M.S.Ed., Ed.D., ’99, has been appointed provost of academic affairs for Herzing University, an accredited private nonprofit institution. She will provide strategic leadership of all educational affairs.

Tom Lombardo
Tom Lombardo

After completing his doctorate, Tom Lombardo, Ed.D. Instructional Technology, ’11, found himself with a bit of free time. Tom teaches engineering at Rock Valley College, and in 2013 he began writing about electronics and sustainable energy for ENGINEERING.com. Over the past four years, his articles have received more than 3 million page views. His article – “Passive WiFi: A New Standard for the Internet of Things?” – was the fifth-most viewed article on the site in 2016. Tom also maintains the Sustainable Energy Today and Educational Technology Today pages on Facebook.

Jordan Lynch
Jordan Lynch

Heisman Trophy finalist and Huskie great Jordan Lynch, B.S., Kinesiology, ’13, has joined the NIU Football coaching staff. Lynch, who finished third in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting, the highest finish by a player from the Mid-American Conference, will coach the Huskie running backs. The former Huskie quarterback returns to NIU after a two-year career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

Keegan Nichols
Keegan Nichols

Keegan Nichols, Ed.D., ’10, associate vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays State University in Kansas since June of 2013, has been selected as the next vice president for student services at Arkansas Tech University. Nichols will take office June 26. She was previously vice president of student affairs at Colby Community College in Kansas from 2010 to 2013.

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