People

William H. Christensen
After working for three years as the superintendent in Tolleson Elementary School District 17 in Tolleson, Ariz., William Christensen has moved into the superintendency in Sidney, N.Y. An AASA member since 2007, Christensen previously served as Tolleson’s administrator for business services for three years, a school principal for three years and an assistant principal for a year. He also spent four years as a teacher in the Nadaburg Unified School District 81 in Wittmann, Ariz. Christensen has been teaching courses as an adjunct at University of Phoenix, including education leadership and finance, for the past 10 years.

Romain Dallemand
The Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga., has a new superintendent in Romain Dallemand. Previously, Dallemand was superintendent in Rochester, Minn., for three years. He also served for three years in Hartford, Conn., as assistant superintendent for special education services and principal of Hartford Transitional Learning Academy. Earlier, Dallemand worked as an administrator, counselor and teacher in Miami, Fla. An AASA member since 2004, Dallemand earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.

Darlene G. Davis
An AASA member since 2009, Darlene Davis has assumed the superintendency of the School District of Cheltenham Township in Elkins Park, Pa. She was assistant superintendent in Cheltenham and previously worked as the director of pupil services in Norristown, Pa. She also served as a principal in the Colonial School District in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Davis began her career in alternative education as a counselor in the North Penn School District in Lansdale, Pa. She holds an Ed.D. from the School of Human Service Professions at Widener University in Chester, Pa.

Clint G. Harwick
Clint Harwick is the new superintendent in the 31,800-student Saddleback Valley Unified School District in Mission Viejo, Calif. He served the previous seven years as superintendent at Charter Oak Unified School District in Covina, Calif., and Rim of the World Unified School District in Blue Jay, Calif. Previously, Harwick held several positions in Claremont, Calif., including district director of classified personnel and alternative education, principal, dean of students, activities director and high school teacher. An AASA member since 2010, Harwick earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

Richard A. Lyons
The American School Health Association has named Richard A. Lyons, superintendent of Maine School Administrative District 22 in Hampden, Maine, as the recipient of the 2010 School Health Leadership Award. Lyons, a longtime advocate at local and state levels, was the first superintendent to chair the advisory committee of the Maine Coordinated School Health Programs. He has presented widely on student health matters at conferences nationwide. A member of AASA for 21 years, Lyons is a former state-superintendent-of-the-year honoree.

Kenneth A. Spells
Kenneth Spells will move into the superintendency of the 6,600-student Alton Community Unit School District 11 in Alton, Ill., on June 30 following a four-year stint as assistant superintendent. Since starting as a social studies teacher in Columbus County School District in Whiteville, N.C., Spells has filled various posts, including middle school assistant principal in Alton, Ill., and elementary principal in Jacksonville, Ill. An AASA member since 2008, Spells earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo.

TRANSITIONS

APPOINTMENTS
Greg Baker,
from deputy superintendent, Portland, Ore., to superintendent, Bellingham, Wash.

Steven Bloom, from deputy director, Department of Defense Dependents Schools/Pacific to superintendent, Domestic Dependents Elementary and Secondary Schools, Guam

Joseph Brown Sr., from superintendent, Grand Meadow, Minn., to superintendent, Fairmont, Minn.

Eric Cederquist, from assistant superintendent, to superintendent, Fowler, Calif.

Stan Chapp, from superintendent, Freeport, Pa., to superintendent, Armstrong School District, Ford City, Pa.

James Floyd, from superintendent, Waldron, Ark., to superintendent, Highland, Ark.

Denise Fox, from superintendent, Marion, S.D., to superintendent, Ethan, S.D.

Robert Gross III, from superintendent, Kutztown, Pa., to superintendent, Salisbury Township School District, Allentown, Pa.

Debbie Johnson, from middle/high school principal to superintendent, Chamberlain, S.D.

Susan Kincannon, from deputy superintendent, to superintendent, Belton, Mo.

Vincent Matthews, from superintendent, Oakland, Calif., to superintendent, San Jose, Calif.

Mike McFarland, from assistant superintendent of achievement and pupil services, Champaign, Ill., to superintendent, Lancaster, Texas

Michael Pfister, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, South River, N.J.

Robin Ryan, from area superintendent, Dallas, Texas, to superintendent, Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, Grapevine, Texas

Quintin Shepherd, from superintendent, Amboy, Ill., to superintendent, Skokie-Morton Grove Community Unit District 69, Skokie, Ill.

Jerome Stewart, from superintendent, Canton, Texas, to superintendent, Midlothian, Texas

Ralf Swenson, from superintendent, Nevada Joint Union High School District, Grass Valley, Calif., to superintendent, Grossmont Union High School District, La Mesa, Calif.

Scott Thompson, from superintendent, Antioch, Ill., to superintendent, Palatine, Ill.

RETIREMENTS
Stephen Dean Bohrer,
executive director, San Luis Valley BOCES, Alamosa, Colo.

John Cruz, superintendent, Fowler, Calif.

Tom DeBolt, superintendent, Manassas Park, Va.

Ronald Grygo, superintendent, South River, N.J.

Barry Newbold, superintendent, Jordan School District, West Jordan, Utah

Stephen Ronnenkamp, superintendent, Granite, Utah

News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to: Editor, The School Administrator, 801 N. Quincy St., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22203. Fax: 703-841-1543. E-mail: magazine@aasa.org