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Dr. Charles Kyte | Principal Partner
Dr. Charles Kyte is currently an education consultant providing workshops for administrators, conducting searches for superintendents and advising companies that interact with educators. An accomplished presenter, Dr. Kyte has spoken before numerous education groups, church and retreat groups, college classes, and service clubs. As Executive Director of MASA, he was frequently quoted in the media and has been considered to be a leading spokesperson on behalf of public education.
Dr. Kyte also served as a teacher, principal and school superintendent.Under Charlie’s leadership, the Northfield Schools were recognized in Money Magazine’s list of the top 100 schools in the USA (1997). Dr. Kyte was also Superintendent of the Eden Valley-Watkins Schools, a high school principal and taught physics, chemistry, and math. Charlie received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota. He also holds degrees from Mankato State University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was a recipient of a Bush Executive Fellowship, participating in the Bush School Executive Fellowship Program. Currently, Dr. Kyte serves as an educational consultant, advising school districts and the businesses that serve schools. He is a Board member and investor with several companies and conducts executive searches for school districts. He is a partner in PEER Solutions, an organization that provides leadership support for school districts, nonprofit, governmental, and private organizations to build positive futures and foster individual and organizational growth.
Dr. Greg Vandal | Principal Partner
Dr. Greg Vandal has spent four decades serving students and schools. Greg is currently an education consultant specializing in long range and project planning for school districts and human services organizations. Greg led the Minnesota Task Force commissioned by the professional administrator organizations in 2011 that created “The Evaluation of Minnesota School Principals.” He also served as a member of the Minnesota Department of Education Working Group that produced “Measuring Principal Performance in Minnesota.” Greg has helped school districts develop and implement research-based, evidence-driven systems of performance evaluation. He is a frequent speaker and conference presenter on evaluation systems and other education-related topics.
Dr. Vandal has served as teacher, principal, and superintendent for small and mid-sized school districts. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the Education Administration program for St. Cloud State University since mid-1980 where his course offerings have included personnel and program evaluation. Greg is a past Superintendent of the Year for Minnesota and, in 2009, was named the Polaris Leadership Award winner for his career-long contributions to public education. Dr. Vandal earned bachelors degrees from North Dakota State as well as a masters and a specialists degree from SCSU. His Ph.D. was earned through the University of Minnesota. Along with his ongoing adjunct faculty work and his involvement in Vox Liberi – Greg’s education consulting business – Dr. Vandal is a partner in PEER Solutions, an organization that provides leadership support for school districts, nonprofit, governmental, and private organizations to build positive futures and foster individual and organizational growth.
Bruce Watkins, Associate
Bruce Watkins has over 35 years of experience in public administration. Bruce is currently a management consultant for schools, cities, counties and watershed districts. As the former Superintendent of the St. Cloud Area Schools, Bruce is familiar with the organizational psychology and community dynamics of both large and small districts. Bruce is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at the local universities, speaking in a wide variety of classes, but always with a focus on how to maximize human potential and how to enhance any organization’s effectiveness. Having supervised thousands of teachers, nearly a hundred principals, and working with dozens of board members and elected officials during his career, Bruce’s understanding of the challenges and dilemmas that today’s public officials face can provide tremendous insight for individuals in administrative positions, governing boards and commissions.
After serving as Proctor High School Principal for 21 years, Bruce became Assistant Superintendent/Director of School Operations for the Duluth Schools in 1999. In 2004, he was appointed Superintendent of the St. Cloud Area Schools, a position he retired from in July of 2008 and returned to in 2010 at Board request. In 2013, Bruce was privileged to receive the Minnesota Association of School Administrators “Administrator of Excellence” Award for Region 6. Bruce did his undergraduate work at St. Cloud State University and earned his graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.The thrust of Bruce’s consulting work has been to assist school districts and local government units in finding successful administrative leaders, identifying collaborative organizational goals and community goals, and assisting boards, administrators and staff to effectively focus on their core missions. Management coaching, organization success plans, and non-adversarial communication are the underlying principles of his work. His direction helps entities maintain a focus on the need for strong leadership and organizational mission and efficiency.
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