Jennifer Heyborne Named Executive Director of SUU Head Start Preschool

Published: August 22, 2022 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Jennifer Heyborne, executive director of SUU Head StartAfter an extensive search, Jennifer Heyborne has been named executive director of Head Start Preschool at Southern Utah University (SUU). In her new position, Heyborne is responsible for leading Head Start Preschool and Early Intervention, free school readiness programs designed to offer family-centered learning, and serves as an advocate for children and parents in Iron, Washington, Beaver and Millard counties.

“We are pleased to have Jennifer fill this role and confident she will continue to inspire lifelong learning in families by promoting supportive learning environments,” said Stephen Lisonbee, assistant vice president for the SUU Office of Regional Services. “She possesses the passion, skills and leadership needed to guide our preschool programs forward.”

Heyborne has been serving as interim executive director since February 2022 and officially started in her new role as executive director on July 15.

“I look forward to building relationships with the children, families and communities we serve and providing a positive workplace culture within our program,” said Heyborne. “We are excited to guide our learners this school year and help them reach their full potential.”

SUU Head Start Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Priority registration will remain open until September 15. After that, students may be enrolled throughout the school year based on availability, or will be placed on a waitlist. To apply, or be added to next year’s waitlist, visit or call at (435) 586-6070.

Prior to serving as interim director, Heyborne worked for Head Start Preschool for five years both as an education coach, providing professional development opportunities for teachers, and as a preschool teacher. She earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and early childhood education from Oregon State University. Head Start Preschool is a free, pre-kindergarten school readiness program dedicated to social-emotional enrichment of the lives of children and families in southwest Utah. The program falls within the SUU Office of Regional Services. Head Start Preschool is an equal opportunity provider.

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