Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.

Founding Director

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens).

He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Education Recoded and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He also just completed his first book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

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Justin Bathon, J.D./Ph.D.


Justin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. He joined the faculty in 2008. Justin came from Indiana University — Bloomington where he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and taught courses in educational law. Justin also has a Juris Doctor and Masters in Educational Leadership from Southern Illinois University — Carbondale.

Justin has legal and educational experience at the local, state, national & international levels, including time as a high school teacher in southern Illinois. Justin’s research explores (broadly) the intersections of education, law and technology, with occasional tangents like educational leadership preparation infrastructure.


John Nash, Ph.D. 


John is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Chief of Surprise and Delight (and founder) of the Kentucky P20 Lab on Design Thinking in Education. Professor Nash is the former associate director for evaluation at the Stanford Center for Innovations (SCIL), where he conducted applied research on improving program evaluation in grant-funded initiatives. He was also a grantmaker for the Wallenberg Global Learning Network, an arm of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation of Stockholm, Sweden, focused on enhancing learning outcomes through educational technology in the U.S., Sweden and Germany.  

Prior to his work at SCIL he served as the Associate Director of Assessment and Research at the Stanford Learning Laboratory (SLL), where he directed an interdisciplinary team of research scientists examining the effects of innovative technologies on learning. As a result of his work at Stanford Nash cofounded a multinational consultancy to shorten time to impact in the education, nonprofit and social sectors. Prior to working at Stanford, Professor Nash was a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso in the department of Educational Leadership and Foundations. John has a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jayson W. Richardson, Ph.D.


Jayson W. Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics education with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. After teaching mathematics on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and in inner-city Indianapolis, he attended Indiana University–Bloomington and earned a Master’s of Science degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on international and intercultural education.

After living in London for a few years and extensive global travel, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration with a focus on comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


Nick Sauers, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Nick is currently an Assistant Professor at the Georgia State University. He works with school leaders across the state of Kentucky who are enrolled in the University’s Next Generation Leadership Academy. As an Associate Director of CASTLE, Nick is also actively involved with research and training for school leaders in an effort to leverage technology as a tool for change. Prior to assuming his current position, Nick was a principal, teacher, and coach in public schools in Iowa. Nick blogs at and can be reached at