The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has named Allen ISD Superintendent Dr. Ken Helvey as Regional Superintendent of the Year for the Education Service Center Region 10.

Dr. Helvey will represent the region as its nominee for the 2012 TASB state Superintendent of the Year. He joins 19 other regional winners in the program to recognize exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership.

Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance, and commitment to public involvement in education.

Superintendents from any of Texas’ 1,034 local school districts are eligible for nomination by their school boards. Local nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee.

In August, the state committee will interview regional winners in Austin and select five state finalists. The Superintendent of the Year will be announced Sept. 28 at the TASB Convention in Austin. TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million students.

Helvey was named superintendent of the Allen school district in August 2006. He previously served as Allen ISD's assistant superintendent for student services from 2001 until his appointment in 2006. 

With more than 27 years of experience in public education, Helvey began his career as a vocational agriculture teacher in the Anna Independent School District. He was also a teacher and a coach at Celina, Denison and S & S Consolidated ISDs. He held the post of athletic director and head football coach at S & S from 1992 through 1995 before being named assistant principal at Graham Junior High School and then Graham High School. Later, he was appointed director of finance and technology at Graham ISD, and then accepted a position as assistant superintendent in Nacogdoches ISD before his arrival in Allen.

Originally from Howe, Texas, Helvey earned his undergraduate degree from Tarleton State University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A & M Commerce. He received his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.

He currently serves as chairman of the UIL Region 25 Music Executive Committee. He is an active member of Region 10's Regional Consortium for Innovation, North Texas Regional Consortium and TASA/TACS Study Group, Adjunct Professor for the University of North Texas, Collin County Family Promise Board as well as Allen Sunrise Rotary and the Texas Schools Coalition. 

Helvey and his wife Sheena have been married for 25 years, and are the proud parents of four daughters and one granddaughter.