Steve Adams
Following a stint in state government, Steve Adams has returned to the superintendency, assuming the joint superintendency of the Highland and Midway school districts in Doniphan County, Kan. Adams was state director of school improvement and accreditation with the Kansas Department of Education. Earlier he served as superintendent, principal and curriculum director in the Flinthills, Hiawatha, Herington, Argonia and Brewster districts, all in Kansas. Adams also worked as a staff development specialist for IBM.

Maria L. Goodloe
Charleston County, S.C., welcomed a new superintendent recently in Maria Goodloe, who served in Corpus Christi, Texas, since 1999 as assistant superintendent for elementary curriculum and instruction. Earlier she oversaw the district’s school services. Goodloe’s career started as a special education teacher in Aurora, Colo. She was a 2003 participant in the Broad Center for Superintendents. She holds a doctorate from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Lisbeth A. Johnson
A year after completing her doctorate in educational leadership at University of La Verne, Lisbeth Johnson moved into her first superintendency with the 7,000-student Santee School District in San Diego, Calif. Previously she was Santee’s assistant superintendent for educational services for four years. Earlier Johnson served as director of curriculum and administrative director for Walnut Valley School District and spent nine years as a principal in the Cajon Valley School District, both in California.

Marion H. Martinez
The East Hartford, Conn., schools have a new superintendent in Marion Martinez, who spent the past three years as assistant superintendent in Clinton, Conn. Previously, Martinez worked for 13 years in the East Windsor, Conn., system, serving as a middle school assistant principal, special education director, director of research and testing and director of instruction. She began as a reading teacher in a Catholic school in Ravena, N.Y., in 1972. Martinez holds a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Connecticut.

Marcus Newsome
After filling several high-level posts in Prince George’s County, Md., Marcus Newsome has moved into his first superintendency, the 33,000-student Newport News, Va., system. He most recently served Prince George’s as a regional executive director and director of student support programs. Newsome holds a doctorate degree in religious education from the International Seminary in Plymouth, Fla., and is scheduled to receive a second doctorate in educational leadership from Bowie State University in the spring of 2004.

Lawrence T. Walters
After a seven-year stint in the top berth of the Decatur, Ga., system, Lawrence Walters has moved into the superintendent post in Lee County, Ga. Walters served as Decatur’s assistant superintendent for two years following an 11-year run as principal of Oak Park Middle School in Decatur, Ala. He also has experience as a supervisor with the Alabama Department of Education. Walters holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.



Pete Andersen, from principal, Clifton Central High School, Clifton, Ill., to superintendent, Lee Center Community Unit School District, Paw Paw, Ill.

John Bernard, from superintendent, Novato, Calif., to superintendent, Newark, Calif.

Ronald W. Bradford, from deputy executive director of administrative services, Region 11 Service Center, Fort Worth, Texas, to superintendent, Windham School District, Huntsville, Texas

Orman Bridges Jr., from superintendent, Amory, Miss., to superintendent, Athens, Ala.

John Cataldo, from superintendent, Liverpool, N.Y., to superintendent, Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y.

Jimmy Cunningham, from superintendent, Plainview-Rover School District, Plainview, Ark., to superintendent, Fort Payne, Ala.

Angela Farmer, from superintendent, Pope County Community Unit School District, Golconda, Ill., to assistant superintendent, Massac Unit School District, Metropolis, Ill.

Michael Graner, from superintendent, Putnam, Conn., to superintendent, Ledyard, Conn.

Donna Howell, from regional vice president, Edison Schools, New York, N.Y., to superintendent, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Daniel Hylbert, from superintendent, Armstrong-Ellis Grade School District, Armstrong, Ill., to superintendent, South Pekin, Ill.

Peter R. Madonia, from superintendent, Woodbridge, Conn., to associate professor of educational leadership, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Conn.

Thomas Barrett Mich, from superintendent, Orono School District, Long Lake, Minn., to headmaster, Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, Minn.

Brenda Miller, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Livermore Valley, Calif.

Craig Pouncey, from superintendent, Crenshaw County Public Schools, Luverne, Ala., to director of administration and finance, Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, Ala.

Roger Tomberlin, from chief financial officer to superintendent, Jefferson County Schools, Birmingham, Ala.


John Abell, superintendent, Clay City, Ill.

Robert S. Bruner, superintendent, Bennington, Neb.

John Burkhart, superintendent, Andes, N.Y.

Jack Clemmons, superintendent, Lubbock, Texas


Paul T. Besser, 67, retired superintendent, Baldwinsville, N.Y., June 18