Greene, G. K. (gkg6)

Greene, G. Kennedy

Adjunct Associate Professor: EDPA 4046 School finance: policy and practice

Office Location:

213B Main

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. in Education Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A. in History, College of Arts & Sciences, Lehigh University
  • B.A. in International Business & German, College of Arts & Sciences, Lehigh University

Scholarly Interests

  • Excellence through Equity
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Policy and Practice
  • School Finance
  • Community Schools

Selected Publications

  • Greene, G. K. (2020, May 4). The changes we should expect to take place in schooling. NJ Spotlight.
  • Greene, G. K. (2019, April 16). Community schools could become hubs for delivering resources. NJ Spotlight.
  • Greene, G. K., Huerta, L. A. & Richards, C. E. (2007). Getting real: A different perspective on the relationship between school resources and student outcomes. Journal of Education Finance, 33(1), 49-68.

G. Kennedy (Ken) Greene, Ed.D. has over three decades of successful experience as an educator including roles as superintendent, principal, teacher, and coach.  He is the founder of Kennedy Greene LLC through which he provides customized support services to school districts and partner organizations.  Ken is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University.  As president of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, he created the NJASA 4 Equity initiative, and currently coordinates the NJ Consortia for Excellence through Equity.  Ken served on NJ Department of Education committees to reopen schools safely during the coronavirus pandemic, and published a database to analyze and communicate COVID-related health information. He is a recipient of NJASA's Distinguished Service Award and has been recognized as Administrator of the Year three times by his peers in two counties.

Professor Greene has been a founding faculty member of three education leadership programs: the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University; the Urban Principals Academy at Lehigh University; and the Ed.D. Program at Centenary University.  His teaching was honored in 2018 with the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the University Council for Educational Administration.


Consultant, Kennedy Greene LLC 2022-

Mentor, NJ School Administrator Residency Program 2022-

Regional Coordinator, NJ Consortia for Excellence through Equity 2019-

Superintendent, Newton Public Schools 2009-2022

Principal, North Warren Regional Middle/High School 2001-2009

Assistant Principal, Phillipsburg High School 1998-2001

Dean of Students, Phillipsburg High School 1996-1998


Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis 2022-

    • Teachers College, Columbia University. Developed and taught course on school finance.

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership Program 2018-2022

    • Centenary University. Developed and taught course on school finance in the Ed.D. Program as a founding faculty member, chaired and served on dissertation committees.

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership Program 2014-2019

    • College of Education, Lehigh University. Developed and taught courses on law & ethics and resource allocation in the Urban Principals Academy as a founding faculty member; UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, 2018.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Organization and Leadership 2006-2014

    • Teachers College, Columbia University. Developed and taught course on resource allocation in the Summer Principals Academy as a founding faculty member; advisory board member.

Social Studies Teacher, Phillipsburg High School 1991-1996

Middle School Teacher, White Township School 1988-1991

Athletic Coach 1987-2000

Substitute Teacher 1987-1988


Ed.D. in Education Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University 2005

M.A. in History, College of Arts & Sciences, Lehigh University 1989

B.A. in International Business & German, College of Arts & Sciences, Lehigh University 1987


New Jersey Association of School Administrators 2009-

Distinguished Service Award, 2021 (video)

Leadership and Diversity Committee, 2019-

      • Founding member borne out of multiple equity initiatives.
      • Initiate programming and recommend presenters.

Executive Officer, 2016-20

      • President, 2018-19; initiated and guided NJASA 4 Equity campaign.
      • Served on NJDOE Road Back Steering Committee, 2020; and NJDOE Road Forward Operations Workgroup, 2021.
      • Testified at state legislative hearings on school funding, community schools, and other equity initiatives.
      • Liaised with Legislative, Great Schools, and Shared Services Committees.
      • Facilitated committees for officer nomination, distinguished service award, and regional/state superintendent of the year awards.

Government Relations Committee, 2013-22

      • Provided statute and code recommendations for school reopening, 2020.
      • Represented NJASA at state legislative and administrative meetings on topics such as ESSA, regionalization, blended learning, QSAC, and Vision 2020.
      • Organized regular meetings with state legislators to discuss education issues.

Professional Development Committee, 2010-13

      • Initiated county PD calendar; provided input on PD topics for NJASA seminars.
      • Served on NJDOE advisory panel to revise mandatory training programs.

Sussex County Superintendents Roundtable Association, 2009-22

      • Superintendent of the Year, 2013 & 2022
      • School Closing/Reopening Committee, 2020
      • President, 2014-16; Vice President/Secretary, 2012-14
      • Professional Development Plan Review Committee, 2012
      • Teacher of the Year Selection Panel, 2012

Board of Directors, New Jersey Community Schools Coalition 2022-

Executive Committee, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association 2020-2022

Advisory Board, Lehigh University School Study Council 2018-2020

Commission on Secondary Schools, Middle States Association  2002-2010

Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, 2007-10; Team Chair/Member, 2002-07

New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association 1998-2009 

    • Administrator of the Year, 2005
    • Initiated regional networking meetings for high school principals.

State Executive Committee, NJ Coalition of Essential Schools 1998-2001


Gretchen Wrenshall Community Service Award, City of Easton 2022

Planning Commission, City of Easton 2020-

Volunteer, Greater Easton Development Partnership 2015-

Board of Directors, Friends of Easton PA 2014-


Excellence through Equity


  • Recognized by the NJ Department of Education for leading a high performing school district.
  • Achieved the highest graduation and college enrollment rates in school district history.
  • Acknowledged by the College Board Honor Roll for significant gains in AP access and student performance.
  • Identified by NJ Monthly as having a Top 100 public high school for the first time in school district history.
  • Initiated a community schools model to provide health and social services directly to students and families; engaged local partners in family and community connection events.
  • Affirmed as having the county’s healthiest elementary and middle schools, the most productive high school community service organization, a state model school for positive behavior interventions, and a national school of character.
  • Facilitated open course enrollment, universal design for learning, community schools, multi-tiered systems of support, and equity training.   
  • Designed new service models to better address student support needs such as a college and career center, academic assistance, transition program, and intervention & referral services.
  • Built a stronger appreciation for diversity through the Youth Forum on Race Relations, Martin Luther King Day volunteer activities, peer to peer groups, and school assemblies.
  • Researched and provided leadership to student service improvements such as revised grading system, semester exams, unit lunch, academic awards, and student privilege criteria.
  • Recognized as a “Champion for Children” by the United Way of Northern New Jersey.
  • Received “Partnership Award” from the Warren County Human Relations Commission.

Presentations and Publications

Ethical Leadership


  • Developed, revised, and implemented plans for schools to reopen and re-engage after COVID-related closures; 
  • Published a database to track, analyze, and communicate COVID-related health information used by superintendents and adapted by the county education office for wider distribution.
  • Promoted student-centered instruction through accelerated learning, formative assessment, blended instruction, curricular alignment, digital citizenship, and flexible resource allocation. 
  • Developed and implemented a multi-year plan leading to a unified regional K-12 curriculum.
  • Led pK-12 literacy and math committees to identify common goals and multi-tiered systems of support.
  • Introduced strengths-based human resource tools as a framework for professional learning plans.
  • Recalibrated staffing levels using analytic tools developed from research on the state’s funding formula.
  • Proposed and implemented sensitive policy changes on topics such as random drug testing, school choice, HIB, social trips, physical restraint, memorials, and use of school facilities.
  • Led curricular reforms to improve academic performance by revamping the master schedule, revising course levels and prerequisites; redesigning the middle school program; and piloting 12th grade academic options and 11th grade community service requirement.
  • Supported NJSBA board recertification, strategic facilities planning, and school sustainability certification.

Presentations and Publications 

  • Greene, G. K. (2022, February 16). ARP ESSER Roundtable. Presentation, NJDOE, Trenton, NJ. 
  • Greene, G. K. (2021, October 21). Post pandemic what sticks and stays: Impacting strategic planning. Panel discussion, One-Day Seminar, NJASA, Trenton, NJ.
  • Greene, G. K. (2020, May 4). The changes we should expect to take place in schooling. NJ Spotlight, retrieved from 
  • Greene, G. K. (2019, June). Outgoing president’s message. NJASA On Target
  • Greene, G. K. (2019, March 19). Board of education dynamics. Panel discussion, Superintendent Institute, NJASA, Trenton, NJ.
  • Greene, G. K. (2018, May 1). Board-superintendent relations. Panel discussion, Superintendents Academy, NJASA, Trenton, NJ.
  • Greene, G. K. (2016, October 11). Implementation of ESSA in New Jersey. Testimony, NJ Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Public Schools, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ. 
  • Greene, G. K. (2016, September 14). Implementation of ESSA in New Jersey. Testimony, NJ Department of Education, Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, East Brunswick, NJ. 
  • Greene, G. K. (2015, May). Three simple yet valuable lessons, NJASA On Target.
  • Greene, G. K. and Dunn, S. (2015, January 22). Board planning and community outreach. Presentation, Sussex County School Boards Association, Newton, NJ.
  • Greene, G. K. and Baggs, B. (2011, May 3). Challenges of the superintendency. Presentation, Superintendents Academy, NJASA, Trenton, NJ.

Policy and Practice


  • Spearheaded a statewide advocacy campaign that modernized the school funding formula toward greater equity in state aid distribution.
  • Advocated with state officials for the development of community schools as a vehicle for equity.
  • Guided a shared services consortium of school districts featured in NJSBA’s School Leader as a state model.
  • Reduced or leveled tax levy multiple times to bring average increases to less than half of the previous decade.
  • Directed successful grant applications to fund full-day preschool and after-school programs; recommended cost savings measures to include a dark fiber broadband network; health insurance carrier changes; clean energy initiative; solar energy systems; VoIP telephone; and emergency generators.  
  • Named one of New Jersey’s Top 100 Policymakers by NJ Insider.

Presentations and Publications 


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