Les S. Bivens
The 3,200-student Community Schools of Frankfort, Ind., northwest of Indianapolis, has a new superintendent in Les Bivens. An AASA member since 1989, Bivens previously served as the superintendent in Taliaferro County, Ga., for 3 years. He earlier worked as assistant professor of school administration at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and as superintendent in Athens, Ala. Bivens began his education career as a teacher for 12 years in the Indianapolis Public Schools. He completed his doctorate in school administration at Indiana University.

Kenneth S. Burnley
The 1993 National Superintendent of the Year, Kenneth Burnley, has moved into the superintendency of the Mat-Su Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska. Most recently, he was senior resident fellow and director of the education leadership center at the University of Michigan for five years. He also worked as the chief executive officer in the Detroit, Mich., Public Schools for five years and as superintendent in Colorado Springs, Colo., for 13 years. A member of AASA since 1978, Burnley earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Michigan.

David N. Gentile
The 6,500-student Millville, N.J., school district has appointed David Gentile as superintendent. The move marks Gentile’s return to his childhood hometown and starting point for his teaching career in 1998. He worked the past two years as the superintendent in the Mount Holly, N.J., School District and earlier served in Runnemede, N.J., as a principal and vice principal. An AASA member since 2008. Gentile, 35, recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., with a focus on professional learning communities.

Donald W. Helmstetter
Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., has hired Donald Helmstetter as dean of the College of Education. A professional educator in Minnesota for almost 40 years, Helmstetter previously worked as superintendent in Spring Lake Park, Minn, for 10 years. He also served superintendencies in Blue Earth, Sherburn, Trimont and Welcome, all in Minnesota, as well as a high school principalship in Trimont. He was named the 2007 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. An AASA member since 1985, Helmstetter holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Minnesota.

When he moved into the superintendency 18 years ago in Hampden, Maine, Richard A. Lyons had to give up basketball officiating, so he took up road running to stay fit. He’s now raced in the last 13 Boston Marathons (posting a time of 3:32 in April) and 29 marathons in all. Practice typically gets squeezed in during early mornings or late nights, and is usually a solo activity. “I am always working with people all day, so running alone is a good time for me to be reflective,” says the 20-year AASA member. “The superintendency is very intense. It’s active, it’s constant, and it’s the same with running a marathon -- you have to be at your highest level of performance, and it’s very mental.”



Bruce Borchers, from associate superintendent of secondary education, Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District 11, Coon Rapids, Minn., to superintendent, Rockwood School District, Eureka, Mo.

Katie Brochu, from superintendent, Dalton, Ga., to superintendent, Richland School District Two, Columbia, S.C.

Elizabeth Celania-Fagen, from superintendent, Tucson, Ariz., to superintendent, Douglas County, Colo.

Vernon Fisher, from assistant superintendent, Grand Island, Neb., to superintendent, South Sioux City, Neb.

Michele Hancock, from chief of human capital initiatives, Rochester, N.Y., to superintendent, Kenosha, Wis.

Steve Joel, from superintendent Grand Island, Neb., to superintendent, Lincoln, Neb.

Christine McGrath, from superintendent, Tewksbury, Mass., to professional development associate, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents

Sam Miller, from superintendent, Davis County School District, Bloomfield, Iowa, to superintendent, Solon, Iowa

Steve Rector, from superintendent, South Sioux City, Neb., to superintendent, Centennial School District, Portland, Ore.

Frank Romano, from assistant superintendent, Fort Lee, N.J., to superintendent, Hoboken, N.J.

Melinda Thies, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Bristol, R.I.

Chris Wilson, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Kennett, Mo.


Raymond F. Arment III, superintendent, Eatonville, Wash.

Roy Baker, superintendent, Norris School District, Firth, Neb.

Herb Benz, superintendent, Belgrade, Mont.

Terry Borden, superintendent, Tumwater, Wash.

Richard Carter, superintendent, Walla Walla, Wash.

Stephen Hefner, superintendent, Richland School District Two, Columbia, S.C.

Craig Larson, superintendent, Rockwood School District, Eureka, Mo.

Thomas J. Markle, superintendent, Seaford, N.Y.

M. Carolyn McGaughey, superintendent, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Kim Ross, superintendent, Houston, Minn.

Don Senti, superintendent, Clayton, Mo.

Jill Shackelford, superintendent, Kansas City, Kan.

Peter M. Wharton, superintendent, Rapid City, S.D.

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