Dr. Rocky Killion: Rising Above the Mark

Dr. Rocky Killion shares how his district is using the 5 Cs of leadership to rise above the mark.

By SchoolCEO Last Updated: June 22, 2021


Dr. Rocky Killion shares how Indiana's West Lafayette Community Schools is using the 5 C's of leadership to "rise above the mark."


Dr. Rocky Killion says he never really liked school, mostly because he was bullied as an elementary student. But one teacher—his high school band director—would change his mind about education. His passion for music and performing arts would light a fire in Killion and set him on his own path to becoming an administrator who leads from the heart.

After being a band and choir director in several small schools, Killion found his way into administration and has served as superintendent of Indiana’s West Lafayette Community School Corporation for the last 14 years. West Lafayette has been a high-performing district during Killion’s time there, with increased graduation and college attendance rates. The district was also named a 2020 Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. In 2021, Niche.com ranked WLCSC as the #1 best school district in Indiana.

In this episode, Killion discusses his 5 C’s of effective leadership and how they’ve helped him make West Lafayette Community School Corporation a place of thriving student enrollment and financial stability.

West Lafayette Community Schools (@WL_RDP)

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