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Ken Haptonstall Named Executive Director

posted Jun 5, 2019, 12:13 PM by Troy Lange   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 12:03 PM by Ken Haptonstall ]
Dr. Ken Haptonstall has been named by the Colorado River BOCES Board and Superintendents as the next Executive Director of the Colorado River BOCES.  Dr. Haptonstall will replace the current Executive Director who will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.  Dr. Haptonstall is uniquely suited for and familiar with the work of the Colorado River BOCES and our member districts.

Dr. Ken Haptonstall has served as the superintendent of schools for the Garfield 16 school district in Parachute, Colorado from 2008 – 2017 and for Mesa County School District No. 51 for the 2017-2018 school year. Most recently he has been employed by the Colorado River BOCES in developing an alternative licensure program that was just approved by the Colorado Department of Education. Prior to becoming the superintendent, he served one year as the assistant superintendent in Garfield 16. Dr. Haptonstall served as a principal and teacher in the Mesa County School district prior to working in Garfield 16. Dr. Haptonstall has a B.A. in History from Mesa State College, an M.A. in Leadership, Assessment and Curriculum Development from Colorado University Denver, and a PhD. from Capella University in Educational Leadership. 

Dr. Haptonstall has served on several state and national level committees, including the commissioner’s rural council, accountability 1.0 SB-163 committee, the RelCentral board of directors, the Innovation Lab Network as part of the CSSSO, and the capital construction board (BEST). Dr. Haptonstall also coordinates the bi-annual Western Slopes Superintendent Conference. 

Dr. Haptonstall has also served as an adjunct professor for Colorado Mesa University, Western State University, and Adams State University, teaching courses on school improvement, facilities management, curriculum and accountability, and 21st century schools.