William J. Ellerbee Jr.
A 28-year career in the Sacramento Unified Schools came to a close for Bill Ellerbee when he was named deputy superintendent for school and district operations for the California Department of Education. Ellerbee spent the last six years as associate superintendent following stints in various other roles in Sacramento, including teacher and principal at the elementary school level. He holds a doctorate in educational administration from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Louise E. Donohue
After six years as the assistant superintendent in the Parkland, Pa., district, Louise Donohue moves up this month to the superintendency. She has worked in school administration for more than 20 years in Pennsylvania, including stints as director of secondary education in the East Penn School District and principal of East Penn’s junior high school. Donohue has served as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University, from where she earned a doctorate in educational leadership in 1995.

Thomas B. Maher
Following a 4½-year stint as superintendent in Lancaster, Ohio, Tom Maher has returned to Florida to take over the superintendent’s position of the 16,500-student Indian River County School District in Vero Beach. During the 1990s, Maher worked in various administrative posts in two Florida school systems, Hernando County and Citrus County. He is a former educational policy fellow through the Institute of Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Carol A. Woodbury
After a year as the district’s interim superintendent, Carol Woodbury has completed a rapid rise to the superintendency of the Monson, Mass., Public Schools, a district she joined as a kindergarten teacher in 1993. She also has served as Monson’s director of curriculum and instruction. Woodbury has taken leadership roles in the PTA over the past decade, including a term as Massachusetts PTA president and three years on the National PTA board ending in 2002. She began as a special education teacher.


On television Ed Hightower wears the black and white zebra shirt of a NCAA Division I basketball referee who has officiated nine Final Four tournaments, most recently in 2002. Offered a contract to officiate in the National Basketball Association, Hightower declined, preferring to retain the contract he already has as superintendent of the 7,000-student Edwardsville Community Unit School District in southern Illinois. Previously an award-winning principal, Hightower started refereeing intramural basketball in college for $1.25 a game. His best day on the court? “When there is no controversy, the ball goes in frequently, there are few fouls and the coaches behave."



David Abbey, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, New Canaan, Conn.


Frank Auriemma, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Pearl River, N.Y.

Paul Bento, from superintendent, South Middlesex, Mass., Regional Vocational Schools to director, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Bedford, Mass.

Richard M. Galante, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Medina, N.Y.

Mary Jane Gales, from assistant superintendent, Solanco School District, Quarryville, Pa., to superintendent, Oxford, Pa.

David Hopson, from agricultural education coordinator, Northwestern Regional Schools, Winsted, Conn., to superintendent, Gateway Regional School District, Huntingtown, Mass.

Angelo R. Senese, from assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Pleasant Valley School District, Brodheadsville, Pa., to superintendent, Northampton, Pa.

Annemarie Spadafora, from superintendent, Holland, N.Y., to superintendent, Churchville-Chili Central Schools, Churchville, N.Y.

Mark Stapleton, from director of legal and governmental affairs to acting commissioner, Connecticut Department of Education

David B. VanWinkle, from superintendent, Valley View Community Schools, Romeoville, Ill., to superintendent, Haverford Township School District, Havertown, Pa.

Judith Wooster, from assistant superintendent, Carroll Public Schools, N. Conway, N.H., to superintendent, Amagansett, N.Y.

Michael Zapantis, from superintendent, South Hadley, Mass., to superintendent, Ashburnham-Westminster Regional Schools, Westminster, Mass.


Alan S. Brown, superintendent, Rockford, Ill.

David R. Landis, superintendent, Shippensburg, Pa.

Gerald Malecki, superintendent, Seneca Valley School District, Harmony, Pa.

Boyd McKendrick, superintendent, Crown Point, N.Y.

Phil Schoo, superintendent, Lincoln, Neb.

Dennis Wright, superintendent, Cato-Meridian Central Schools, Cato, N.Y.


Elaine L. Wilmore, professor of educational leadership and policy studies, University of Texas at Arlington, elected president of National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

Lois Harrison-Jones, associate clinical professor, Howard University, appointed to board of directors of Lightspan


George W. Burton, 95, retired superintendent, Clarke County Public Schools, Berryville, Va., Oct. 11