Knoxville High School graduate, former teacher, and coach Ken Howard Jr. recently received his Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Howard, who currently serves as the South Hamilton Community Schools’ Superintendent, successfully defended his research dissertation entitled, Administrator and Teacher Perceptions of Rural School Whole-Grade Sharing, Reorganization, and Consolidation: A Phenomenological Study, to complete his degree and receive the distinction.