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People_Brower Sandra D. Brower
A lifelong New Jersey educator, Sandra Brower has been appointed superintendent of the Lacey Township Public Schools. Brower served since 2008 as assistant superintendent in 4,100-student Wall Township, N.J., which included a stint as acting superintendent in 2010. Earlier, she was assistant superintendent in Freehold Township and principal of a middle school in the district. Brower’s first position was language arts teacher in Point Pleasant Borough for eight years. A member of AASA since 2002, she holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
 People_CookAmy Beth Cook
Having joined the Lake Stevens School District in Marysville, Wash., in 1982, Amy Beth Cook recently moved into the district’s superintendency. She spent the previous half dozen years as assistant superintendent of human resource services. In her earlier posts, Cook served as principal of Skyline Elementary School and Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School, reading instructor and kindergarten teacher. She began in the Lake Stevens Schools as a speech language pathologist. An AASA member for a year, Cook holds a doctoral degree from Walden University.
 People_Gales Mary Jane Gales
A lifelong Pennsylvania educator, Mary Jane Gales has assumed the executive director’s post with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola, Pa. Since 2008, she worked as director of legislative services and grants development in the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown, Pa. Earlier, she spent five years as superintendent of the 3,600-student Oxford, Pa., district. Gales, who joined AASA in 1999, earned her doctorate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 People_HinojosaMichael Hinojosa
After six years in the top berth in Dallas, Texas, and 32 years in Texas public schools, Michael Hinojosa moved into the superintendency in Cobb County, Ga., the nation’s 25th-largest school district with 107,000 students. Earlier, he served as superintendent of three other systems: Spring, Hays and Fabens. He was honored in 2002 as Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Hinojosa, a native of Mexico and AASA member since 1995, holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin.
People_Logue-BeldenJanell Logue-Belden
After a decade of service in the Sto-Rox School District, Janell Logue-Belden has been appointed superintendent of the Avella, Pa., Area School District. In Sto-Rox, also in western Pennsylvania,  Logue-Belden worked as the assistant to the superintendent for instruction, director of curriculum and middle school principal. Previously, she was the assistant high school principal at Peters Township High School in Washington County, Pa. A member of AASA since 1998, Logue-Belden holds an Ed.D. in school leadership from Duquesne University.
People_RussellStephen G. Russell
The Salem, Mass., district recently welcomed Stephen Russell as superintendent. He has filled three superintendent posts, most recently an eight-year stretch in Dartmouth, Mass. His previous berths included the top executive spot in Gilford, N.H., and the superintendency of a regional school district based in Laconia, N.H. Russell also worked as a K-8 principal for eight years. An AASA member since 1999, Russell holds an Ed.D. from Boston University.


David Branch,
from superintendent, Franklin, Ohio, to superintendent, Perry-Hocking Educational Service Center, New Lexington, Ohio

Curtis Clough, from academic chair, Mohave Community College, Kingman, Ariz., to superintendent, Strasburg-Franklin Local School District, Strasburg, Ohio

Martha Dean, from executive director, West Virginia Association of School Administrators, to superintendent, Webster County, W.Va.

Terrence Healey, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Lumberton, N.J.

Theresa Kane, from superintendent, Ludlow, Mass., to superintendent, East Windsor, Conn.

Carolyn Long, from superintendent, Braxton County, W.Va., to executive director, West Virginia Association of School Administrators

Michael Panza, from superintendent, Carlynton School District, Carnegie, Pa., to superintendent, Sto-Rox School District, McKees Rocks, Pa.

Paul Shaw, from superintendent, White County, Ga., to professor of secondary education, Piedmont College, Demorest, Ga.

Jeffrey Wilson, from assistant superintendent for instruction, Anderson, S.C., to superintendent, White County, Ga.


Benjamin Canada,
associate executive director for district services, Texas Association of School Boards, and AASA past president

Gary Chesley, superintendent, Bethel, Conn.

Pendery Clark, superintendent, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Foster City, Calif.

Charles Futterer, superintendent, Virginia, Minn.

Jim Gibson, superintendent, Montgomery, Texas

Jon McBroom, superintendent, Shakopee, Minn.

Douglas Otto, superintendent, Plano, Texas

Natalie J. Pukas, superintendent, North Stonington, Conn.

George Sharp, superintendent, Delran, N.J.

Dolores Szymanski, superintendent, Burlington County Institute of Technology, Westhampton, N.J.


Ed Adami,
60, superintendent, Ballard County, Ky., Nov. 25

Robert L. Bushong, 75, retired superintendent, Muscogee County, Ga., Sept. 6

James Cliff, 74, retired superintendent, Rutland, Vt., Dec. 7

Joseph P. Liberati, 57, superintendent, Southern Lehigh School District, Center Valley, Pa., Nov. 28


News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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