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School systems administrator

Gary L. Wegenke, American School systems administrator. Named Executive Educator 100 Best School Executives, 1993, Iowa Superintendent of Year, 1993-1994; recipient Lansing Concerned Citizen award Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1972.


Wegenke, Gary L. was born on February 28, 1938 in South Bend, Indiana, United States. Son of Edward and Blanche Wegenke.


Bachelor, DePauw University, 1961. Master of Science, Indiana University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1971.


Secondary teacher, South Bend (Indiana) Cmty. School Corporation, 1961-1969; graduate research associate College Education, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1969-1971; principal, Hill H.S., Lansing, Michigan, 1972-1976; director adminstrvs. services, Lansing School District, 1976-1978; assistant superintendent Fiscal and Administrative Superior vena cava syndrome, Lansing School District, 1979-1981; deputy superintendent, Lansing School District, 1981-1983; superintendent schools, Waterloo (Iowa) Cmty. School District, 1983-1988; superintendent schools, Des Moines Indiana Cmty.

School District, since 1988. Adjunct assistant professor Ohio State University, Columbus, 1971-1972. Adjunct Professor Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1980-1984, U. Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, since 1984, Drake U., 1991.

National advisory panel chairperson Center for Research on Ednl. Accountability and Teacher Evaluation, Western Michigan U., Kalamazoo, since 1990, Danforth Foundation Leadership Initiative, since 1994. Chairperson state outcomes and assessment Iowa State Department Education, 1992-1993.

Project director Statewide Library. Planning and Evaluation, Ohio State University, 1971-1972. Lecturer various symposia.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors Cedar Valley United Way, 1985-1988, Leadership Investment for Tomorrow, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, 1986-1988, health maintenance organization Iowa, 1990-1992, Boy Scouts American, since 1991, Junior Achievement, Des Moines, since 1988, Polk County United Way, since 1989, Community Focus, since 1992. Chairperson Urban Education Network, 1987. Member American Association School Administrators (finalist Superintendent of Year 1994), School Administrators Iowa, Des Moines School Administrators Association, Des Moines C. of Chamber (board directors 1990), Waterloo C. of Chamber (board directors 1985-1987, Public Servant of Year award 1985), Phi Delta Kappa (vice president University Northern Iowa chapter, Des Moines area Outstanding Educator of Year award 1992).


Married Sandra S. Gard, August 17, 1963. Children; Bart and Bret (twins), Blake.

Edward Wegenke

Blanche Wegenke

Sandra S. Gard