Former CK School District Superintendent speaks

Leadership was the theme of Greg Lynch’s speech to community members who gathered for the monthly Community Leadership Outlook event last Wednesday.

Lynch is the newly appointed superintendent of Olympic ESD 114. He is the former Central Kitsap School District Superintendent and a retired Army Colonel.

Lynch offered information on his background, which includes nine years as a CKSD superintendent where he dealt with budget cuts, school closures and rapid educational standard changes.

He also spent 27 years in the Army and retired as a colonel. He earned a bachelor of science degree in Early Childhood Education, a master’s degree in Management, and training in Executive Leadership and Education Administration.

As a school official in charge of an entire district, Lynch said he changed all principals out of the schools, except for one.

Although difficult, Lynch said that changes are necessary upon moving up the ranks and that it’s sometimes difficult to make large decisions like that.

Lynch said decisions such as personnel changes are a big part of improving education because the right people need to be in the correct spot to make the most positive impact.

“Things don’t always go well,” he said of being a leader.

Lynch gave business leaders the advice to stay on the path they believe is the right one. The superintendent remarked that it isn’t necessarily the majority that gets loud about hot topics, but the minority.

“In public leadership, everyone’s got an opinion,” he said, referring to taxpayers, mostly. “The minority is generally louder than the silent majority … don’t be deterred by the noisy minority. Stay on track.”

Several other tips offered by Lynch included keeping a clear vision, being patient, proper planning and staying positive.

“Be self-reflective,” he offered. “Lead with strength and conviction. You will have setbacks.”

When the setbacks come, Lynch told the audience to be prepared for the responsibilities that come with any given job. The higher up the ladder a person is, the more responsibilities they will have, Lynch said. He also remarked that mistakes are part of the learning process.

“How you handle failure is more important than how you handle success,” he said.

A special Q-and-A session followed  the presentation and allowed attendees to ask questions of the superintendent.

Ed Munoz, Summit Funding, Inc. operations manager, said the Community Leadership Outlook events are offered as a way to educate the community and share business intelligence.

“For that reason, our guest speakers are comprised of people in positions of authority (in their respective fields),” he said. “The subjects range from people and project management, brand building, education, leadership, business and technology trends, financial forecasts, etc. — basically anything we as a group could learn from.”

The event is designed to allow the community to learn tips from experienced leaders that can be implemented into their own businesses. Munoz said that the owner of Hop Jack’s, where they meet, hosts the meetings at his business because that’s been the owner’s vision from the beginning.

The mission statement of the restaurant is “A Neighborhood Gathering Place,” which is what the dialogue through Community Leadership Outlook is all about, he said.

“Attendees thought Greg’s presentation was very powerful and helped build a frame of reference for the education platform to come,” said Munoz. “The premise of this forum is to help elevate our level of service as a business community for the purpose of better serving the community we live in as a whole.

“In turn, we advocate for consumers to buy local and support local businesses. Technology is pervasive and it’s easy to research and buy online. However, in many cases, shoppers are better served through educated face-to-face interaction from someone whom can be held accountable and has their best interests in mind.”

The next meeting is expected to be in mid-August. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Guest speakers and topics will vary month to month and feedback is welcome from the community, Munoz said.

For more information contact Ed Munoz at 360-698-7400 or email


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