Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Wade T. Dyke

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Wade T. Dyke

Chief Executive Officer

Ward Huseth

Chief Financial Officer

Ward Huseth

Chief Financial Officer

Ward Huseth, Chief Financial Officer, oversees the finance, technology, operations and facilities teams of the Great Hearts Academies network. Prior to joining Great Hearts, Mr. Huseth was a Partner and the CFO for the Charter School Growth Fund, a non-profit venture capital fund that invests in the nation's highest performing charter school operators to dramatically expand the number of outstanding educational options for underserved students. Mr. Huseth was previously VP and CFO at Knowledge Learning Corporation-School Partnerships, where he led the organization through multiple strategic business acquisitions and post-merger integrations during a period of rapid growth. Previously, Mr. Huseth was the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of eCollege, a provider of eLearning solutions. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche, LLP and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1999. Mr. Huseth graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Dr. Robert Jackson

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Robert Jackson

Chief Academic Officer

Aaron Kindel

Superintendent of Texas Academies

Aaron Kindel

Superintendent of Texas Academies

Marilyn Papke

Vice President of Business Systems Support

Marilyn Papke

Vice President of Business Systems Support

Dr. Daniel Scoggin

Co-founder of Great Hearts & Chief Advancement Officer

Dr. Daniel Scoggin

Co-founder of Great Hearts & Chief Advancement Officer

Dr. Dan Scoggin, co-founder of Great Hearts Academies, currently serves as the Chief Advancement Officer.

In 2004, Dr. Scoggin authored the original Great Hearts business plan. As the founding CEO, he secured the initial strategic funding partnerships with local and national philanthropy to launch the Arizona schools network. From 2004 to 2015, Dan directed the network’s growth and parent demand catapulting a fledgling start-up school of just 200 students at one school in Phoenix to almost 10,000 students at 19 academies.

In 2012, Dr. Scoggin was invited by a local funding consortium to lead the first out-of-state expansion of Great Hearts to Texas. Beginning in San Antonio, Dr. Scoggin established Great Hearts first campus, Great Hearts Monte Vista. A second campus, Great Hearts Northern Oaks opens in August 2015 in that city. In 2014, Dr. Scoggin petitioned the Texas Education Agency to expand Great Hearts Texas’ charter. Approved by Commissioner Michael Williams, the expansion includes new additional school sites in North Texas. Great Hearts Irving opens in August, 2015.

Dr. Scoggin holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Claremont Graduate University, attended the Stanford University Executive Education program, and was named a Piper Fellow and Pahara-Aspen Fellow. He is the proud father of two daughters, Emma and Marin, who attend Chandler Prep, a Great Hearts school in Chandler, AZ.

Erik Twist

Chief Innovation Officer & Sr. Vice President of Advocacy, AZ

Erik Twist

Chief Innovation Officer & Sr. Vice President of Advocacy, AZ

Erik Twist, a third generation Arizonan, earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his masters from Oxford University. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as Dean of Students for Veritas Preparatory Academy where he also taught 7th grade Literature/Composition, 8th grade Medieval History, and 9th grade Humane Letters. Erik is the founding headmaster of Archway Classical Academy Veritas, and most recently served as Vice President over all of Great Hearts' K-5 academies. Erik and his wife, Alison, have six sons and reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Robert Wagner

Superintendent of Arizona Academies

Robert Wagner

Superintendent of Arizona Academies