Wheelock Alumna Named Executive Director of Ben Bronz Foundation

Photo of Wheelock Alumna Kim Ward Holley ’92BSW, recently named executive director of the Ben Bronz Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization in West Hartford, CT

Ben Bronz Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization in West Hartford, CT, has named Kim Ward Holley ’92BSW as its executive director.

Kim recently retired from the State of Connecticut, where she was the superintendent of schools for Unified School District no. 1. She served Unified School District no. 1 in a variety of roles for more than 20 years.

Kim began her career as a social worker trainee and also held positions as a special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, and central office director of academic programs. In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Wheelock College, she earned a Master of Science degree in Special Education and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.

“I am excited to join the Ben Bronz community and carry its mission forward. I was very impressed with the beliefs, programs and staff of the Ben Bronz Foundation. I look forward to meeting with members of the school and the community,” said Kim.

According to a we-ha.com story about Kim and her new position: “Ben Bronz Academy is a day school for students with learning disabilities in grades 2-12. Since 1985, its unified approach has made a lasting difference for hundreds of learning-disabled students. Ben Bronz Academy’s goal is to help students identify and correct their functional weaknesses and to develop strong, spontaneous thinking habits that build self-confidence and foster greater curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Ben Bronz Academy has a proven track record of guiding specially challenged students to begin on a successful lifelong learning path. A range of needs are addressed from dyslexia and dysgraphia to Executive Functioning Disorder and ADD/ADHD. Ben Bronz Academy is a full-time State of Connecticut Approved Private Special Education Program.”