• Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa graduating from West High School in 1979; parents Roger and Anita Wendt
  • Graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983, Masters Degree in 1986, and Doctorate Degree in 1999
  • 6 years teaching/coaching, 7 years as building level principal, and 21 years as superintendent
  • Board Member, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union – 7 years
  • Executive Committee, Iowa High School Speech Association – 9 years
  • Board Member, Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce – 7 years
  • Board Member, Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation – 3 years
  • Board Member, Le Mars Area YMCA – 6 years
  • Married 26 years to wife Betty, High School Principal at Hinton, Iowa; Son Blake age 23, Teacher at Chamberlain, SD High School
  • Hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and cooking