Debbie Burdick

Debbi C. Burdick
The Cave Creek, Ariz., Unified School District has elevated Debbi Burdick to the superintendency. She was associate superintendent of teaching and learning in Cave Creek. Her previous postings included principal of Orangewood Elementary School and Wilson Primary School, both in Phoenix, Ariz.; and director of the teacher mentor program and principal of Durfee Elementary/Technology Magnet School in Decatur, Ill. An AASA member since 2007, Burdick earned her Ed.D. from Arizona State University.

Chuck Cadle

Charles R. Cadle

An AASA member has been named chief executive officer of Destination ImagiNation, a Glassboro, N.J.-based organization that runs creative problem-solving programs for students of all ages. Chuck Cadle most recently served as CEO/managing partner of Enterprise Resource & Capital for eight years. Cadle’s previous posts included chief information officer at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.; director of global programs for Conway Data; executive director for the World Development Federation; and president of Alcatel/Solid State Systems. He holds educational leader licenses in Georgia and Massachusetts.

Anthony Cavanna

Anthony P. Cavanna

The new superintendent of the West Orange, N.J., Public School District is Anthony Cavanna, who most recently was the principal research scientist and vice president of the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. He previously was deputy superintendent in New York City, superintendent of the Old Bethpage Public Schools in Plainview, N.Y., and superintendent in Fort Lee and Rahway, both in New Jersey. Cavanna, a 17-year AASA member, has an Ed.D. from Fordham University.

Stephen Daeschner

Stephen W. Daeschner

Stephen Daeschner has moved into the top position of the Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville, Ind. He previously served for two years as the superintendent of the Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora, Ill. Daeschner, superintendent in Jefferson County, Ky., for 14 years, was named Kentucky Superintendent of the Year in 2006. He also served as superintendent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, deputy superintendent in Anchorage, Alaska, and director of research and evaluation in St. Louis, Mo. An AASA member since 1980, Daeschner holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from University of Wisconsin.

Kenneth Schwengel sees a parallel between his work as superintendent in Atwood, Ill., and his favorite timeout pursuit – wild turkey hunting each spring and fall. “You have to have a lot of patience [for] both,” he says. “Believe it or not, communication is important, even as a turkey hunter.” He began his hobby 16 years ago, and his family eats everything he kills, including what’ll be on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Schwengel, an AASA member since 2008, finds his early-morning hours in the woods on weekends therapeutic and, at times, competitive. “My father-in-law and I shot at two birds at the same time … but my kill was bigger.”

Kenny Schwengel


Marcia V. Lyles, from deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, New York City Department of Education, to superintendent, Christina School District, Wilmington, Del.

Bradley D. Manard, from superintendent, Solon, Iowa, to superintendent, Boone, Iowa

John McCarthy, from principal, Hopkinton, Mass., to superintendent, Freetown-Lakeville Regional Schools, Lakeville, Mass.

Salvatore Menzo, from superintendent, Marlborough, Conn., to superintendent, Wallingford, Conn.

Lillian Naccarati, from acting superintendent to superintendent, Plum Borough School District, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jim Negri, from superintendent, Acalanes Union High School District, Lafayette, Calif., to superintendent, Castro Valley, Calif.

Jerry Nesland, from superintendent, Menahga, Minn., to superintendent, Mahnomen, Minn.

Walter Padgett, from superintendent, Hubbard, Texas, to superintendent, Schulenburg, Texas

James Sebert, from superintendent, North Fond du Lac, Wis., to superintendent, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Santiago Taveras, from senior supervising superintendent to deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, New York City Department of Education

Deborah Wheeler, from assistant superintendent, Brookfield, Conn., to superintendent, Litchfield, Conn.

Jim Hayas, superintendent, Brunswick, Ohio

Richard Kisiel, superintendent, Avon, Conn.

Judith Miller, superintendent, North East, Pa.

Mike Schoch, superintendent, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Thomas Sherk, superintendent, Cornwall-Lebanon School District, Lebanon, Pa.

Stinson Stroup, executive director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Harrisburg, Pa.

Edward D. Westervelt, superintendent, Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, N.J.

Randy Collins, superintendent, Waterford, Conn., Arthur Herbert Wilde Society Award for service to the profession from Boston University

James F. Walsh, 69, retired superintendent, Brookline, Mass., Sept. 16