By Kevin Kelley
Westlake City Schools Superintendent Dan Keenan has been selected as the Buckeye Association of School, Administrators Ohio Superintendent of the Year for 2014.
Keenan will be recognized at a Dec. 17 luncheon in Columbus and become eligible for the American Association of School, Administrators National Superintendent of the Year title.
Keenan told West Life that the recognition indicates the district is fulfilling its mission of educating students.
“I think it’s a reflection of the things that are going on in the district,” he said, referring to academic achievement and fiscal responsibility.
Board of Education President Tom Mays and Vice President Carol Winter nominated Keenan for the award.
“He has done exactly what we knew he would do when we hired him,” Mays said of Keenan. “He has always been available, always present and always willing to take into consideration the concerns and suggestions of the community. There are 600-plus school districts in Ohio that would be lucky to have him leading their students’ education.”
Winter said that Keenan got off to a fast start after being hired in 2007 to involve the community in the district’s strategic plans and vision.
“He empowers all of us on the leadership team, staff members, in the
entire organization, community members, and students to be leaders in their own right, strengthening all aspects of the school district,” Winter said.
Before coming to the Westlake City Schools, Keenan was assistant superintendent for the Kenston Local Schools. Previously, he served as a high school administrator and director of personnel for Maple Heights City Schools, a teacher and director of guidance for Steubenville City Schools, and a junior high and elementary school teacher in the state of Indiana.
Keenan holds a doctorate in education administration from Cleveland State University and completed graduate work for principal and assistant superintendent certification at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned his master’s in education administration and his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University.
Keenan comes from a family of educators. His father, also named Dan, was a superintendent. His brother, Charles, is superintendent of the Maple Heights School District. His mother led a university department for undergraduate education, and his wife, Heather, is the gifted coordinator for the Aurora City Schools.