Jon Bales has been a member of the Madison Area Technical College District Board since July 2005, serving as Board Chair from 2009 to 2011. He is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators and previously served as Superintendent of the DeForest Area School District. Dr. Bales received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from Illinois State University in 1997 and was later honored as an Outstanding Alumni of the University in 2007. Dr. Bales was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators as the 2009 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Bales currently serves on other regional boards including Thrive - Regional Economic Development Entity and the Dane County Economic Development Committee. In his local community he serves on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, DeForest Area Foundation and DeForest Area Public Library. Dr. Bales also maintains membership in numerous community organizations including the DeForest Area Youth Council, Rotary and Lions.