Matthew L. Blomstedt PH.D., Educational Leadership & Higher Education, 2013

Commissioner, Nebraska Department of Education
I, like many EDAD students, worked in a full-time capacity during my Ph.D. program.  Admittedly, I took a path to completion that saw me bounce between interests and various positions. I lingered in “all but dissertation” for a while due to my family and career path.  But, along the way, I got to know other students who are now key leaders across the state.  I was able to hone ideas, educational philosophies, and practical knowledge with a set of faculty who were always interested in my journey.  This was possible due to faculty who were confident enough to let me grow and cared enough to motivate me to complete. In my case, that was extra helpful and formative.
Matthew L. Blomstedt