People_BurkeJoseph P. Burke
The Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla. have a new superintendent in Joseph Burke. An AASA member since 2004, Burke moves from the same post at Monroe County School District in Key West, Fla., where he served for two years. Since 1974, Burke has filled various leadership roles within Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with the exception of one year spent as executive director for the Florida Department of Education. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
People_LovellCrystal M. Lovell
After six years of serving as assistant superintendent of Lawrence Township Public Schools in Lawrenceville, N.J., Crystal Lovell moved up to the district’s top slot. Previously, Lovell worked as supervisor of math and science in Metuchen, N.J., followed by two years as director of math and science in nearby Highland Park. She has spent 25 years working in New Jersey public schools. A member of AASA since 2006, Lovell earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University.
People_MessingerBruce K. Messinger
Bruce Messinger returns to Colorado as superintendent of Boulder Valley School District in Boulder. Messinger held many positions over an 11-year span at Weld County School District in Greeley, Colo., before recently serving the 8,200-student Helena, Mont., Public Schools as superintendent for 14 years. Messinger was named Montana Superintendent of the Year in 2003. A member of AASA since 1994, he holds a Ph.D. in administrative curriculum instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
People_SpauldingDebra Spaulding
The new superintendent of Fort LeBoeuf School District in Waterford, Pa., is Debra Spaulding. Though new to the superintendency, Spaulding has been with the district for 12 years, serving as an elementary and middle school principal and curriculum coordinator. Previously, she spent nine years at General McLane School District in Edinboro, Pa., and two years with Peters Township School District in McMurray, Pa, where she got her start. Spaulding became a member of AASA in 2010.



The holiday season brings an extra level of frenzy to William A. Clark, superintendent in Manheim Central School District in Lancaster County, Pa. For the past two decades, he’s helped run his family’s Christmas tree farm in north-central Pennsylvania. The 3,000-tree operation has built a small following with about 40 community members annually chopping down their own tree before they deposit $10 in the jar on his parents’ porch. Clark, 46, learned the ropes of Christmas tree farming during a college break, working on a farm with 40,000 Christmas trees. Owing to the area’s high unemployment rate, he plans to give away trees to needy families this month.




Karen Baldwin, from superintendent, Watertown, Conn., to superintendent, Suffield, Conn.

Jim Behle, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, St. Michael-Albertville Schools, St. Michael, Minn.

Michael Bregy, from associate superintendent to superintendent, Carpentersville, Ill.

Scott Deisley, from assistant superintendent, Spring Grove, Pa., to superintendent, Red Lion, Pa.

Dale Dickson, from superintendent, Perry-Hocking Educational Service Center, New Lexington, Ohio, to dual superintendent, Berne Union, Sugar Grove and Walnut Township, Millersport, Ohio

Jody Goeler, from assistant superintendent, Avon, Conn., to superintendent, Regional School District 14, Woodbury, Conn.

William Harbron, from superintendent, Northern Ozaukee School District, Fredonia, Wis., to superintendent, West Muskingum Local School District, Zanesville, Ohio

Karen Jones, from assistant superintendent, Township Public Schools, Howell, N.J., to superintendent, Plumsted Township School District, New Egypt, N.J.

Randy Nelson, from associate superintendent of instruction to superintendent, La Crosse, Wis.

Ken Spells, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Alton, Ill.

Rod Thompson, from superintendent, St. Anthony-New Brighton School District, St. Anthony, Minn., to superintendent, Shakopee, Minn.

Philip Thornton, from superintendent, North Kingstown, R.I., to superintendent, Cumberland, R.I.

Brian Uplinger, from assistant superintendent, Northwestern Lehigh School District, New Tripoli, Pa., to superintendent, Pine Grove, Pa.


Susan Clark, superintendent, Peach County Schools, Fort Valley, Ga.

Mark DeMareo, superintendent, Plumsted Township School District, New Egypt, N.J.

David Elson, superintendent, Alton, Ill.

John J. Finello, superintendent, Huntington Station, N.Y.

David Gomez, superintendent, Santa Paula Union High School District, Santa Paula, Calif.

Frank R. Herron, superintendent, Red Lion, Pa.

Gerald Kember, superintendent, La Crosse, Wis.

Russell H. Knorr, superintendent, Seaford, Del.

Sharon Smith, superintendent, West Muskingum Local School District, Zanesville, Ohio.

Dan Strickland, superintendent, Marion School District 7, Rains, S.C.

Marcia Ziegler, superintendent, St. Michael-Albertville Schools, St. Michael, Minn.

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