Kent ISD — Ron Houtman, a 21-year veteran of the Kent Intermediate School District and the Kent Career Tech Center, has been promoted to the position of director of strategic planning and organizational initiatives. Houtman assumed his new role on Nov. 1.
As the director of strategic planning, Houtman will be responsible for tasks including facilitating the strategic planning process, conducting environmental scans and SWOT analyses, identifying strategic issues and goals, formulating action plans and monitoring progress. He will work closely with the Kent ISD leadership team and the school board to align these plans with the organization’s vision, mission and values.
Houtman said he is excited about the opportunity to leverage his background in organizational development, project management and education to make a positive impact.
“I’m passionate about improving education access and outcomes, especially for underserved student populations,” he said. “With thoughtful planning and collaboration, I believe we can set this organization on a path for continued success in serving students, families and educators. I’m eager to get started and look forward to being a strategic thought partner to drive meaningful progress.”