Patricia Hoehner


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Pat Hoehner


Ed.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Born and raised on a wheat farm in Kansas, Hoehner attended high school in McCook, NE.  

Hoehner earned her bachelor’s degree in education, master’s degree in educational administration and education specialist degree from Kearney State College, and she earned her Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

She taught and coached volleyball at Overton Public Schools. Then she taught math at Bertrand Public Schools.  

“My math teacher invited me to her home for iced tea, which was a big deal. She had lined up my college program as an electrical engineer and had even set up the classes at UNL and had everything in place.”  

However, Hoehner’s mother thought she should major in math education first just in case she wanted to start a family. Her mother offered to pay for her electrical engineering degree after she earned her teaching degree.

“I continued teaching because I love it.”  

She later moved to McCook where Hoehner developed a gifted program for the public schools and later worked as an administrator.  

In 1995, Hoehner began teaching at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She was the first full-time professor in educational administration at UNK, and later was the first female chair of the department.  

“The most important thing you can give your students is the ability to simply think. Change is the biggest factor out there. If you’re open to evolving, you will succeed.”  

Hoehner currently teaches Introduction to Educational Administration, Social Foundations, Practicum and Curriculum.  

Hoehner has won the University of Nebraska at Kearney Leadership in Education and Service Award, the College of Education Outstanding Service Award in appreciation for service as EDAD Department Chair (2002-2007), the Nebraska Association for the Gifted (NAG) Extra Mile Club Award, the Nebraska Hall of Fame Fischer Family Award: In Recognition Of Outstanding Contributions to High School Sports in Nebraska. 

She also served on the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) State Accreditation Committee for Region IV and served as President of the Nebraska Association of School Administrators.


  • Her grandchildren. She has 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Five of her grandchildren are attending or have attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Her four children – Kyle of Lexington, Kelly of Lincoln, Chris of Kearney and Carrie of McCook
  • Playing bridge