Mike Armstrong - Executive Director
Michael Allen (Mike) Armstrong became executive director of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) on Oct. 1, 2014.
A native of Marietta, Ohio, he has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of Kentucky, and is on track to receive his doctorate in educational leadership from Morehead State University in 2016.
Armstrong retired in June 2014 in his fifth year as superintendent of the Lawrence County Schools. He began his education career in 1978 as a special education teacher at Lawrence County High School. He has worked in the district as middle school principal and director of special education and preschool programs.
For a decade, Armstrong managed state programs for special needs children in the Kentucky Department of Education (1996-2002) and Ohio Department of Education (2002-2006). He spent a year as a consultant to the Supreme Education Council in the Arab emirate of Qatar, helping that nation’s schools develop classroom services to students with disabilities.
A former city councilman and mayor of Louisa in Lawrence County, Armstrong has served in leadership roles in the Lawrence County Education Association, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
Armstrong is the first former superintendent to lead KSBA, although Associate Executive Director David Baird also is a former superintendent. Baird worked as interim executive director for 15 months after William G. Scott, KSBA’s previous executive director, retired in 2013.
Established in 1936, KSBA provides school districts and local boards of education with professional development training, legal consultation, governmental advocacy and numerous other services.