Dr. Ken Coley has enjoyed an exciting career in teaching and educational leadership for over 40 years. Dr. Coley attended Wake Forest University, where he majored in English. After teaching for seven years and earning his Masters from the College of William and Mary, he became the principal of a Christian school in Maryland, where he served for 15 years. During that time he earned his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Maryland. For the last twenty years, he has taught masters and doctoral level classes in educational leadership at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Currently he is the director of the Doctor of Education Program. He has authored three books on leadership and school administration—The Helmsman: Leading with Courage and Wisdom (2006) and Navigating the Storms: Leading Christian Schools with Character and Conviction (2010), and a new release, Ten Practices of Effective Boards: A Unique Tale about Board Governance. A nationally recognized authority on Christian education, he has served as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Haiti, Cuba, Panama, and the Congo (DRC). Ken has been married to his wife Kathy for 41 years, and they have two children, Scott and Caitlin, who are both teachers. When he is not writing or teaching, he enjoys playing with his two German shepherds and kayaking.
Kenneth S. Coley, Ed.D.
Director of Ed.D. Studies
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary