Art Dillon has extensive experience in leadership, management, and organizational development. He has worked in both the public and private sectors and has distinguished himself as an experienced educator, motivational speaker, community volunteer, and mentor. Art’s leadership training and experience include both military service and public education. Art was drafted into the U.S. Army from his home in British Columbia during the Vietnam War. He became a commissioned officer, earned his pilot’s wings, and served as a helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. During 39 years of active and reserve service, Art held a number of key staff and command assignments, and graduated from the U.S. Army War College. Art retired from the military in 2006 as a Brigadier General and Commander of the Wyoming Army National Guard.
As an educator, Art served for 30 years as a teacher or principal. In 2006, Art retired as Principal of Colorado’s first Core Knowledge School, Traut Core Knowledge School in Fort Collins, Colorado. During Art’s 13 years as principal, Traut was designated a National School of Character in 1999, and earned a “John Irwin School of Excellence” rating by the Colorado Department of Education five times from 2000-2006. Art’s formal education includes a B.Ed. in Secondary Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., Canada; an M.Ed. in Administration from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado; and a Superintendent’s license.
Art’s strengths include curriculum development, character education, leading change, leadership training, and strategic planning and decision making.