John Hedeman

Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 2152



AB, English, Princeton University, 1972

Med, Guidance and Counseling, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977

PhD, Higher Education, University of Illinois, 1993


A lifelong educator, John Hedeman was hired as director of student international experiences at the University of Kansas School of Business in September 2013.  Previously, he was assistant dean in the University of Illinois College of Business.  He was hired to design, implement, and administer an undergraduate business honors leadership program with a unique emphasis on leadership, professional responsibility, and global thinking.  Honors students were inspired to build ethical leadership skills that were then expected to be used to benefit all of the students in the business school. In addition to teaching, he led honors student trips to Europe, Asia, and South America.  Hedeman served as PwC xACT Case Competition faculty advisor for three national championship teams.   In 2006, he received the Cammack Award for outstanding service to undergraduate students.  In 2008, the Illinois Alumni Association honored him as the U. of Illinois Educator of the Year Award.  In 2012, the College of Business recognized Hedeman with its highest honor for staff members with the Academic Professional Award.

From 1998-2003, Hedeman was principal of the University of Illinois Laboratory High School.   The school is consistency cited by Newsweek as one of the top public schools in the country.    For fourteen years Hedeman held teaching, counseling and administrative positions, including Dean of Students, at Parkland College, a public community college.  His first job in education was at McDonogh School in Maryland where he was a teacher, coach, houseparent, counselor, and head of upper school.

He serves on the board of the Marketplace Literacy Project and is a volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in Lawrence.

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