Imagine a company with more than 20 branch offices. This company employs more than 2,000 people and relies upon the regular involvement of hundreds of volunteers. The most interesting thing about this company? Its mission is to stretch every human mind to its greatest potential!
That company is no figment of anyone's imagination; it is the Elkhart Community Schools. And no company of this size, or one whose task is so precious, would even consider functioning without the strongest, most solid administration firmly in place.
Unlike private companies, public schools belong to the community. Citizens have the ultimate control of how schools function when they exercise their right to vote for school board members. ECS' seven-member Board of School Trustees is an elected body that conducts essential administrative duties for the school district. One of the functions of the ECS' School Board is to select and evaluate the Superintendent of Schools.
Haworth is a 1988 graduate of Greenville College. He earned his master's degree (1996) and an administrative certificate (2000) from Indiana University Southeast, and his doctorate (2004) from Indiana State University.
Dr. Robert Haworth, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Robert Haworth began his duties as superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools in the summer of 2012. The Indiana native was previously assistant superintendent at Valparaiso for 2 years and prior to that was superintendent of two other Indiana school corporations.
He also served as vice president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Dr.Thomas L. Neat, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Dr. Thomas Neat joined Elkhart Community Schools as Assistant Superintendent in July 1995.
Professionally, Dr. Neat has been involved for well over 40 years in the field of education as a teacher, community school director, school administrator, and college professor. His public school experiences have been centered in urban cities in Michigan and Indiana.
Dr. Neat received his Bachelor of Science degree (1962) from Ball State Teachers College, his Masters of Arts (1965) and Educational Specialist (1968) degrees from Eastern Michigan University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Michigan (1978).
Douglas Hasler, Executive Director of Support Services
Prior to joining Elkhart Community Schools in July 1998, Douglas
Hasler was a staff attorney with the Indianapolis law firm Bose,
McKinney & Evans. As Executive Director of Support Services, he
serves as Corporation Treasurer and supervises the business,
transportation, building and grounds, and food service operations
of Elkhart Community Schools.
Hasler earned his bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame, his master's from Indiana University, and his juris doctorate degree from Indiana University.
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address correspondence to:
J.C. Rice Educational Services Center
2720 California Road
Elkhart, IN, 46514