Kenneth D. King, Ed.D.


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, Ed. D., 1971

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, M.A., 1963

Rider College, Trenton, New Jersey, B.S., 1961

Somerville High School, Somerville, New Jersey, 1957


Adjunct Faculty, Kean University, Department of Educational Leadership (2009 – Present)

Adjunct Faculty, College of St. Elizabeth, Department of Educational Leadership (2010 – 2016)

Certified Mentor for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents and Central Office Directors; 2009 – Present (NJASA Certification: July, 2006; renewed February, 2015)

Educational Consultant for New Jersey School Districts, 1980 to Present

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resource Services (1975 – 78 & 1983 to August 31, 2009), Retired, September 1, 2009

Responsible for the employment status of all personnel. Serves as the Superintendent’s representative in all matters related to the processing of grievances, whether the issue results in an informal resolution or is submitted to arbitration. Has had responsibility, at various times, for the District’s security program.

Deputy Superintendent of Schools (1978 to 1983)

Interim School Business Administrator (1983 to 1984 & 1991 to 1993)

Chief Negotiator for the East Orange Board of Education (1979 to 2005)

Negotiations Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association (1981-2008)

Negotiations Consultant and Human Resource Consultant, Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (2000 – Present)

Human Resource Services Consultant, East Orange School District, 2013 – Present)

Negotiations Consultant, South Plainfield Board of Education (2006 – 2007)

Negotiations Consultant, Fredon Township Board of Education, Fredon, New Jersey (2004 – 2005)

Director of Personnel, East Orange Public Schools (1973 – 1975)

Performed essentially the same duties as above except for the fact that my office was not responsible for matters related to the employment status of custodians, maintenance workers, cafeteria workers and the District’s security program.

Principal – Intermediate School, East Orange (1972 – 1973)

Served as principal of a 500 pupil school for students in grades 5 – 8. The school was operated in a converted office building and featured an open-space instructional approach to teaching and learning.

Principal – Elmwood Elementary School, East Orange (1970 – 1972)

As Principal, was responsible for operating a 1,000 pupil school for children in grades k-6. All classes were self-contained; however, teaching styles ranged from traditional to open. In addition, the school provided instructional services for four (4) classes of students with handicapping conditions.

Consultant (part-time) USOE, Department of HEW (1972 – 1980)

Consultant responsibility in this assignment involved the review and evaluation of proposals submitted for funding under the Emergency School Aid Act of 1982 (Title VII). Consultants were responsible for applying certain quality criteria to all proposals and making recommendations to the applicant for the improvement of such proposals.

Adjunct Faculty, Evening Division, Montclair State University  (1970 – 1980 & Spring, 2005)

Responsibilities in this position were limited to teaching courses in the Business Department. Area of specialization was teaching teachers to deal with special problems incident to instructing students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Research Assistant (part-time), Graduate Center, City University of New York (1969 – 1970)

Responsible for assisting with the development of an innovative program in educational leadership. The program was designed for individuals not trained in education as undergraduates who were interested in becoming certified as public school administrators and who were interested in earning a doctorate degree.

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, East Orange, New Jersey (1968 – 1969)

This position required the performance of any and all duties assigned by the Superintendent of Schools, most of which dealt with resolving conflicts within the educational community.

Office Manager, Teachers College Press, Columbia University, (1966 – 1968)

Responsibilities in this position included the supervision of an office staff of 23 and a shipping room staff of 13. Main function was to oversee the receipt, processing, billing, shipment and adjustment of all orders for books, supplies and testing materials developed by Teachers College Press.

Teacher of Business Subjects, East Orange High School (1963 – 1966)

Essex College of Business, Evening Division (part-time), Newark, New Jersey (1963 – 1966) Teacher of Business Subjects


  • “Attitudes on School Decentralization in New York’s Three Experimental School Districts,” Ed. D. Dissertation, Columbia University, New York, 1971
  • “No Child Left Behind,” School Leader, March, 2004
  • “Curriculum Improvement Through Staffing,” NJASA Perspective, Volume 19, No. 1
  • “Educational Leadership in Action,” Edited by Leila Sadeghi and Kathe Callahan, Case Study 17, “Tenure Is Not The Problem… We Are.”, Kenneth D. King, Routledge, New York, 2016 (ISBN: 978-1-138-02098-6)

Professional Memberships

  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Association of School Personnel Administrators
  • New Jersey Association of School Administrators (President, 2008 – 09; Executive Committee, 2001 – Present)
  • New Jersey Personnel Administrators’ Association, 1975 – Present
  • New Jersey Council for Education (Executive Committee, 2010 – Present)
  • Mid-Atlantic Association for Employment in Education (Treasurer & President)

Community Involvement

  • Northern New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board Member; 1999 to Present; Council Commissioner, 2008 to 2010; Vice President for Endowment, 2012 – present
  • Essex Council, Boy Scouts of America (Past President)
  • Northeast Region, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board Member (2005 – Present)
  • Northeast Region, Boy Scouts of America, Vice President, (2005 – 2008 & 2012 – Present)
  • Northeast Region, Boy Scouts of America, Regional Commissioner, 2016 – 2019
  • Northeast Region, Boy Scouts of America, Area II Past President
  • Friends of the East Orange Public Library, Treasurer (1969 – 1975)
  • Optimist Club of Orange – East Orange, Charter Member
  • Rotary Club of East Orange (1973 – 1976)
  • East Orange YMCA, Board of Managers (1998 – Present)
  • Metro YMCA of the Oranges, Executive Board Member,  (2010 – Present)
  • Metro YMCA of the Oranges, Executive Board Member (2001 – Present)
  • Essex County Teachers Federal Credit Union, Director (2001 – Present)
  • American Cancer Society Volunteer (1981 – 1985)

Honors and Awards

  • “Keepers of the Dream Award”, East Orange Education Association, 2012 & 2018
  • New Jersey Council of Education, Distinguished Educator Award, 2016
  • Northern New Jersey Council, Eagle Hall of Fame, 2016
  • East Orange Education Foundation Torchbearers’ Award, 2011
  • Distinguished Eagle Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2006
  • Eagle Scout Hall of Fame, Patriot’s Path Council, 2005
  • East Orange YMCA Minority Achiever of the Year, 1998
  • Silver Antelope Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1997
  • Whitney M. Young Service Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1980
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1975
  • District Merit Award, Essex Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1974
  • Professional Certificate of Merit, presented by Rider College, School of Education, 1977
  • Distinguished Service Award, Jersey City State College, 1987
  • Ralph J. Mele Distinguished Service Award, 1991
  • East Orange YMCA Minority Achiever of the Year, 1998
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Rider College. 1975
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities, “Outstanding Business Education Student,” Rider College, 1961
  • Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America, November 26, 1956