Heartland AEA is led by a team of professionals who have extensive experience in the education field. They are led by the Agency's chief administrator, Paula Vincent, Ph.D.
Dr. Paula Vincent serves as Heartland AEA's chief administrator. In this role, she serves as the Agency's chief executive officer with responsibility for overseeing the Agency's day-to-day operation and strategic planning in conjunction with the board of directors. She became the Agency's chief administrator in July 2010.
In her career in education, Dr. Vincent has been the superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District, associate superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, director of special education at Grant Wood AEA and a classroom teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District (Kansas) and the Benton Community School District (Iowa).
Dr. Vincent received her bachelor's degree from McPherson College in McPherson, Kan. and her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. She has a particular interest in the development of innovative systems to support personalized student learning and collaborative structures to enhance leadership skills and learning among educators.
Dr. Vincent enjoys serving as an adjunct instructor for the Iowa School Finance Leadership Consortium, volunteering with the United Way of Central Iowa and supporting her alma mater, McPherson College, as a member of the board of trustees.