Amy F. Sichel Elected AASA President-Elect

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 Superintendent Amy F. Sichel
AASA President Elect, 2012-13

Alexandria, Va., April 12, 2012. Amy F. Sichel, superintendent of the Abington School District, Abington, Pa., has been elected the 2012-13 president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators. Sichel is presently a member of the AASA Governing Board. She has been a member of the organization and of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators since 2001. She was the 2010 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.

"Amy has held important leadership roles in public education both in Pennsylvania and at the national level,” said AASA President Pat Neudecker, superintendent of Oconomowoc (Wi.) Area School District. “She has been a clear voice for education in the public debate. We welcome her in this new role.”

“As AASA president, I will be a strong advocate for superintendents and school administrators and for high quality public schools,” said Sichel. “We need to support reforms that improve educational opportunities for all students, promote innovative accountability systems and advocate for the reauthorization of ESEA.”

Sichel has served as superintendent of the Abington School District since 2001. She has been an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education since 1981, and is also currently an adjunct instructor at Delaware Valley College. She has served on a number of education panels and forums, including the Suburban Superintendents Study Council, of which she was president from 2004 to 2009.

“This is a time when we urgently need leaders who are willing to engage in the national discussions about education,” said AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech. “Amy will represent us well. This organization is fortunate to have strong leaders such as Amy among its members.”

All the newly elected officials will begin their terms on July 1. Benny Gooden, superintendent of the Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Ark., will be installed as 2012-13 AASA president and Sichel will be sworn in as 2012-13 AASA president-elect during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July.

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