WILMINGTONEMS LINQ is scaling fast with a new CEO and a recent acquisition.

The Wilmington-based firm, which offers integrated administrative software solution for K-12 schools and districts, kicked off the month by naming Krista Endsley, ex-CEO of Cantata Health, as its new chief executive.

Meanwhile, Adam Hooks, LINQ’s CEO since 2018, switched roles to become president and general manager of LINQ Enterprise Solutions.

Endsley will be in charge of “driving growth,” while Hooks will develop the company’s ERP and Digital solution suites to help school districts manage their business efficiently in this “new era of K-12 operations.”

“Her proven track record of powerful leadership and strategic growth makes Krista the perfect person to usher LINQ into a new era of K-12 school operations.”

Founded more than 30 years ago, LINQ is now a software platform includes solutions for finance and human resources, nutrition management, digital payments, school and district websites, custom forms including student registration, and document management.

“A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our school districts more quickly,” said Endsley.

Big acquisition

To that end, Endsley has been busy keeping to her word.

Less than three weeks since officially signing on, she helped close a big acquisition.

LINQ acquired Colyar Technology Solutions, an Arizona-based school nutrition management software provider, which helps schools and state agencies to streamline the management of their child nutrition programs.

Endsley said bringing the two companies together was an “easy decision,” and will bring powerful solutions that will meet the needs of K-12 school districts for years to come.

Greg Baker, who served as Colyar’s CEO since 2018, took the role of president and general manager of the Colyar business unit and LINQ Nutrition.

The acquisition, Endsley said, will expand LINQ’s presence in the US.

LINQ serves more than 2,700 districts and over 26,000 schools in 48 states.