- Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- M.A. in Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Kenneth W. Tolo taught at the LBJ School from 1972-2000. From 1979 until 1990, Tolo served as associate vice president for academic affairs and research and then as vice provost for The University of Texas at Austin. Tolo's LBJ School policy research focused primarily on education, employment, and equity issues. In addition, he frequently worked with international and national government agencies and nonprofit groups on civic education, higher education and education reform. In October 2005, NASPAA awarded him its Elmer B. Staats Public Service Career Award for a lifetime of "inspiring and encouraging [LBJ School and Clinton School] students to pursue public service careers."