Heim named chief of embattled school boards association
The National School Boards Association has named John Heim as CEO, effective Nov. 23. Heim comes to NSBA from the Kansas Association of School Boards, where he has been executive director for more than 11 years. During his four-decade career in public education, Heim has worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent.
Heim joins the $19M-revenue NSBA during a rocky period for the group, which has seen at least a dozen state associations quit in recent months.
Heim replaces interim CEO Chip Slaven, who will be returning to his role as NSBA’s chief advocacy officer. Slaven sparked a media firestorm with a Sept. 29 letter to President Joe Biden likening parents’ threats at school board meetings to “domestic terrorism” and asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to intervene. Some leaders of state school board associations said they were not consulted about the letter, which was signed by Slaven and NSBA’s board president, Viola Garcia.