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Administrator Profile


Forty or so years ago it wasn't far-fetched to consider school administrators as the glass-office workers they may have been, cloistered away from the voices of parents, students and staff they governed. But that's certainly not the scenario in Spokane, Wash., where Brian Benzel ensures daily that there's no communication breakdown on his watch. "Communication is a two-way process: information giving and receiving," says this son of a Ford Motor Co. salesman. And boy does Benzel take communication to a whole new level.

Only 10 miles outside of Lincoln, Neb., far from the devastation that still haunts the Gulf Coast, Roy Baker feels the desperation of Hurricane Katrina's victims. It's impossible for him not to: this soft spoken yet determined superintendent of a school district so quaint in size its entire facility exists on one campus, Baker dealt with crisis first hand in May 2004 when a tornado swept through Norris County severely damaging most of what was in its path.