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Administrator Profile

His resume is 19 pages. He has written numerous books and won many awards. And he's leading one of the nation's most diverse school districts.

His name is Jerry Weast, hired in the summer of 1999 to lead Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and as you might have guessed, he has a plan for improvement.

Bill Keim is not your typical superintendent. He dropped out of college his first time around. He traveled the Middle East to help children and then operated an orphanage in Bethlehem. He even helped negotiate the release of American hostages in Iraq before the Persian Gulf war.

An unassuming person, the 51-year-old pursued teaching in between travels and became top man about two years ago at Mercer Island School District in Washington state, a district of five schools with about 4,200 students.