LPS hires new business affairs head

2013-04-17T16:45:00Z 2013-04-17T20:55:38Z LPS hires new business affairs headBy MARGARET REIST / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Lincoln Public Schools will now have two former Omaha-area school administrators on its executive team.

Liz Standish, 38, controller for Omaha Public Schools since 2007, was hired as the district’s new associate superintendent of business affairs, replacing Mark Shepard.

She will earn $190,000, which includes most benefits.

Shepard, who came to Lincoln five years ago from Fremont, will return there as the school district’s associate superintendent for a year. He will become superintendent a year later. 

Standish also was a finalist for the Fremont job.

LPS recently hired Eric Weber, Westside Community Schools assistant superintendent, as associate superintendent of human resources. He will replace Nancy Biggs, who is retiring.

In OPS, Standish helped to oversee school district finances and governmental relations.

"Dr. Standish has a great deal of experience as a teacher, administrator and central office leader with the Omaha Public Schools,” LPS Superintendent Steve Joel said. “Her knowledge of budgeting and finance will ensure that our district continues moving forward as we aggressively seek to meet the goals articulated with our strategic plan."

Standish graduated from Burke High School in Omaha and later taught at OPS. She taught business, then served as Burke’s dean of students. She went on to coordinate the district’s school improvement office before becoming the controller.

She began her career teaching technology to middle school students in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She earned her bachelor's degree in business education from the University of Wyoming and her master’s in business administration and a doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Standish and her husband have twin 3-year-olds and will move to Lincoln.

Reach Margaret Reist at 402-473-7226 or mreist@journalstar.com

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