Dr. Jerry Johnson is Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and the Lydia E. Skeen Endowed Professor in Education at Kansas State University. A former high school English teacher and principal, he has taught in educational leadership programs for 15 years and served from 2003-2008 as policy research director for the Rural School and Community Trust. His research interests include rural schools, educational policy, and democratic leadership. Johnson’s work has been cited in state school finance litigation and legislation, and he has testified before state legislatures, presented research briefings on Capitol Hill, and contributed to the development of state and federal legislation and regulations regarding the funding and operation of public schools. He was the 2017 recipient of the Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Rural Education Research Award from the National Rural Education Association.