People

People_BrightKevin L. Bright
After 13 years as superintendent in Mason, Ohio, Kevin Bright has moved into the assistant superintendent’s berth in Lakewood, Ohio. Bright earlier spent eight years as Mason’s assistant superintendent and nine years in various administrative jobs, including director of personnel and community relations and junior high principal, in Findlay, Ohio. An AASA member since 1996, Bright was the 2003 Ohio Superintendent of the Year. He received a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision from Bowling Green State University.
People_GormanPeter C. Gorman
After five years atop the 138,000-student Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, N.C., Peter Gorman has joined Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. education division as a senior vice president. He earlier served as superintendent for five years in Tustin, Calif., and spent much of his career in the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., serving as chief operating officer for business, area superintendent, middle school principal and a 2nd-grade teacher. He was a Broad Urban Superintendents Academy fellow in 2004. A 10-year member of AASA, he earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.
People_LunnCorey A. Lunn
The 9,000-student Stillwater, Minn., district has a new superintendent, Corey Lunn, who had worked since 2007 as superintendent of the Montgomery-Lonsdale School District in Montgomery, Minn. In previous posts, he served as a principal of two buildings and administrator on special assignment in the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools in Prior Lake, Minn., where he spent a total of 12 years. An AASA member since 2007, Lunn completed a doctoral degree in educational policy and administration at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
People_NarakThomas C. Narak
A 41-year career as an educator continues for Tom Narak, who leaves behind the central office in his new post as government relations director with the School Administrators of Iowa in Clive, Iowa. Narak spent the last seven years as superintendent in the West Des Moines, Iowa, Community School District. His previous superintendent appointments were in Indianola and Alta, both in Iowa, and in Schuyler, Neb. Narak, a 21-year AASA member, holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
People_SampsonCharles B. Sampson
After three years as superintendent in the 2,200-student Verona, N.J., Public Schools, Charles Sampson has assumed the superintend-ency of the Freehold Regional High School District in Monmouth County, N.J. Sampson, a member of AASA for three years, previously spent a year as principal of Cedar Grove High School. An educator for 14 years, Sampson earlier worked for three years as an assistant high school principal and three years as a social studies supervisor in West Orange, N.J. He began his professional career as a high school teacher and coach of field hockey, swimming and lacrosse in Livingston, N.J.
People_ThompsonMilton Thompson
A native of Racine, Wis., Milton Thompson has moved into the top berth of the North Chicago, Ill., schools. Most recently, he led the 7,000-student Beloit, Wis., system for two years. Thompson earlier spent two decades in the Kenosha Unified School District. He began his career in the Racine Unified School District as coordinator of a federal program. A member of AASA since 2009, Thompson also spent time as a pastor of a church in Racine while concurrently working as a special education teacher, dean of students and principal of several elementary schools.


 

TRANSITIONS

APPOINTMENTS
Robert Avossa,
from chief accountability officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, Charlotte, N.C., to superintendent, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Ga.

Lisa Brady, from superintendent, Hunterdon Central Regional High School District, Flemington, N.J., to superintendent, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Tim Bronk, from superintendent, Darby, Mont., to superintendent, Laurel, Mont.

Mark Doan, from superintendent, Farmington, Ill., to superintendent, Unit 40 School District, Effingham, Ill.

Craig Drezek, from superintendent, Regional School District 6, Litchfield, Conn., to chief operating officer, Norwalk, Conn.

Thomas Forcella, from superintendent, Guilford, Conn., to superintendent, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Maria Geryk, from acting superintendent, to superintendent, Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, Amherst, Mass.

Ross Kasun, from superintendent, Colts Neck, N.J., to superintendent, Freehold, N.J.

Paul Kreutzer, from superintendent, New Berlin, Wis., to superintendent, Katonah-Lewisboro School District, Katonah, N.Y.

Richard Mextorf, from superintendent, State College, Pa., to superintendent, Grove City, Pa.

John Molnar, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Southmoreland School District, Alverton, Pa.

Todd Sesker, from superintendent, Cannon Falls, Minn., to superintendent, Faribault, Minn.

Dawn Tarzian, from superintendent, Corvallis, Ore., to superintendent, Washougal, Ore.

RETIREMENTS
Steve Adolph,
superintendent, Tempe Union High School District, Tempe, Ariz.

Kenneth Arndt, superintendent, Community Unit School District 300, Carpentersville, Ill.

Debra L. Bruner, superintendent, Somerdale, N.J.

Nicholas Ignatuk Jr., superintendent, Ridley School District, Folsom, Pa.

David M. Looysen, superintendent, Minot Public Schools 1 and Minot Air Force Base School 160, Minot, N.D.

Mick Loughran, superintendent, Educational Service Unit 9, Hastings, Neb.

Bertha McCants, superintendent, Florence School District Four, Timmonsville S.C.

DEATHS
Kenneth S. Burnley,
69, superintendent, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Schools, Palmer, Alaska, and 1993 National Superintendent of the Year, July 2

Steve K. Rector, 56, superintendent, Centennial School District, Portland, Ore., June 30

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