Interviews: Key Stakeholders in AASA's 150-Year History

Transcripts by Glenn Cook

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 R.L. “Ozzie” Rose 
R.L. “Ozzie” Rose helped start the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators in 1974 and remained with the organization as the executive director until his retirement in 2003. Before taking the COSA position, Rose worked at AASA and spent a year on staff for the National Academy of School Executives, then the association’s chief training arm. 

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Burke Royster
Burke Royster, superintendent of Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, has been immersed in AASA since he was a child. His father, Bill, was a former AASA president and 16-year superintendent who led the Anderston School District 5 through a "peaceful desegregation" in the mid 1970s.

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 June Gabler

June Gabler
June Gabler is a trailblazer in AASA's history, having been the first woman to serve as the association's president in 1987-88. She started her career as a teacher in Detroit in 1952 and worked in all aspects of public and higher education during a 37-year career that included superintendent positions in Woodhaven, Mich. and Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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 Anne Bryant Anne Bryant and Tom Shannon
Tom Shannon and Anne Bryant led the National School Boards Association for a combined 35 years from 1977 to 2012, a period in which more and more attention has been paid to the relationship between superintendents and the elected/appointed boards that hire them. Shannon’s relationship with AASA dates to his time as a general counsel in the 1960s, and Bryant was NSBA’s executive director from 1996 until 2012. 

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 Gary Marx Gary Marx
Gary Marx joined AASA in 1979 and is credited with ramping up the organization’s communications and publishing efforts, including media outreach, member surveys and the expansion of School Administrator into a monthly magazine.

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Sarah Jerome Sarah Jerome
Sarah Jerome spent 46 years in education, half of that time as a superintendent in the Kettle Marine School District in Wisconsin and in the Arlington Heights, Ill., district about 10 minutes from O’Hare Airport. She was the second woman to be president of AASA.

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Paul Houston Paul Houston
Paul Houston served as AASA’s executive director from 1993 to 2008, leading the organization through a tumultuous time that saw Congress increase its role and authority over local schools, national disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and a move by administrators toward more job specific training. 

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Peter-Corona.jpg Peter Corona 
Peter Corona became an AASA member in 1959 and has attended every annual conference since. A superintendent in various California districts from 1960 to 2006, he has spoken at 39 AASA conferences and represented U.S. education leaders on AASA-sponsored trips to the former Soviet Union and China.

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BruceHunter_160px Bruce Hunter
 
Bruce Hunter, who spent three decades as AASA’s chief lobbyist from 1982 to 2013, started work with the association 16 months before the groundbreaking report “A Nation at Risk” was released. During his tenure, he saw the association’s advocacy role become stronger and at times more strident as the federal government became increasingly involved in K-12 education.

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JackJennings.jpg Jack Jennings
Jack Jennings spent almost 30 years on Capitol Hill as subcommittee staff director and then general counsel for the House Committee on Education and Labor. He founded the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Education Policy, a respected nonpartisan think tank that analyzes the impact of federal legislation on K-12 schools.

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