AASA Honors Three Veteran School Leaders for Distinguished Service

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

Alexandria, Va., Feb. 23, 2013. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) will honor three exceptional educational leaders, including the immediate past president of the association, with the Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony at AASA’s 2013 National Conference on Education, Feb. 23, in Los Angeles, Calif.
The honorees are being recognized by AASA for bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and their profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association; and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy, or other activities.

The 2013 honorees are:
Herbert BergHerbert Berg
Herbert Berg has been a leader in public education for 40 years. He was superintendent of schools for 35 years, serving in six districts in Washington, Virginia, and South Carolina. He was also the executive director of the Association for the Advancement of International Education and served the U.S. Department of State/Office of Overseas Schools, School to School Partnership in China for seven years.

Berg was twice named top 100 North American Executive Educators by Executive Educators Magazine. He was named Superintendent of the Year in South Carolina. He was also named a National Tech Savvy Superintendent by eSchool News. He was elected president of the Washington Association of School Administrators and was a board member of the Washington Post (D.C.) Council of School Superintendents.

Berg received his B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, his M.A. from Seattle University and his Ed. D. from Washington State University.

Patricia NeudeckerPatricia E. Neudecker
Patricia Neudecker has been a public school educator for 30 years, as middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of instruction, assistant superintendent, and superintendent—most recently, superintendent of the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) in Oconomowoc, Wis. She is the immediate past president of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Neudecker is an active member of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), Phi Delta Kappa, and the Horace Mann League. She was appointed to a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Advisory Committee, the 2012 Wisconsin Legislative Advisory Council and has served as chairperson of the southeastern Wisconsin superintendents group. She is one of several writers of the CESA 1 Transforming Public Education: A Regional Call to Action whitepaper. Neudecker was named WASDA Educator of the Year 2012.

She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and UW-Stout and a Masters and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Paul ShawPaul Shaw
Paul Shaw served as a superintendent for twenty-six years in South Carolina and Georgia, with his most recent position as superintendent of the White County School System in Cleveland, Ga. He began his career as a social studies teacher and coach and then served in various administrative capacities as well as teaching part-time for Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga.

Shaw recently served on the Executive Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the Governing Board of AASA representing Georgia, and the Board of Directors for NCERT. He served as president of the South Carolina School Superintendents in 1998. He was Superintendent of the Year for South Carolina in 2000 and Georgia in 2010.

He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC), an M.A. degree from Western Carolina University, and a Ed. D from the University of Southern California.

To receive the Distinguished Service Award, an individual must have been an AASA member for at least 10 years and be retired from a full-time position in educational administration. Each year the honorees includes AASA’s immediate past president. The Distinguished Service Award carries a life membership in AASA.

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of AASA is to advocate for the highest quality public education for all students, and develop and support school system leaders. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ. Become a fan of the AASA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AASApage.
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