Marsha Chappelow

Marsha A. Chappelow
The Ladue School District in St. Louis, Mo., has named Marsha Chappelow the new superintendent. She has been with the 3,700-student Ladue district since 2004, most recently as associate superintendent. Previously, Chappelow was the assistant superintendent of human resources/communications. Earlier she was assistant superintendent of communication services in the Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park, Kan., for 15 years. An AASA member since 1990, she holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Michael Cowan

Michael B. Cowan

A career that started in the Mesa, Ariz., Unified School District has led to the superintendency for Mike Cowan. He has filled a variety of positions in the 69,000-student school system, the state’s largest. Cowan began his career in Mesa as an elementary school teacher before serving as social sciences specialist, director of curriculum, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Most recently, he spent five years as Mesa’s associate superintendent. A 10-year AASA member, Cowan holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership and innovation from Arizona State University.

Jeremy Lyon

Jeremy M. Lyon

Following a five-year stint as superintendent of the 20,000-student Hillsboro, Ore., School District, Jeremy Lyon has moved into the top post of the Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Kyle, Texas. Previously, Lyon spent two years in the superintendency of the Coos Bay, Ore., District School, where he also worked as assistant superintendent. He began his career as a high school science teacher and coach in Gilmer, Texas. Lyon, who joined AASA in 2003, earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from University of Texas-Austin.

Robert Smith

Robert G. Smith
After serving for 12 years as superintendent in Arlington, Va., Robert Smith has joined George Mason University as an associate professor of educational leadership. Smith has spent 44 years as a K-12 educator. Prior to coming to Arlington, he was head of curriculum and instruction for the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas, for 16 years and earlier spent 16 years in the Frederick County, Md., Public Schools. He is a past president of the Washington Area School Study Council. A 31-year AASA member, Smith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.


When you’ve spent 16 years directing the high school band, it’s tough to leave the music behind. Curt Tryggestad, now in his fourth year as superintendent in Little Falls, Minn., keeps both hands on the score. He plays string bass for the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, consisting of high school students through senior citizens, and conducted a Russian piece at the group’s last Christmas concert. He’s also a tuba player. “I remember back when I was just a student playing music -- that was fun. When I was a band director, it became work. Now I’m back to having fun again,” Tryggestad says.

Curt Tryggestad


Steve Atwater, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Soldotna, Alaska

Richard Hoffmann, from superintendent, Ashland, Mass., to superintendent, Nauset, Mass.

Thomas Hughes, from superintendent, Valders, Wis., to superintendent, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

David Krenz, from superintendent, La Crescent, Minn., to superintendent, Austin, Minn.

Michael G. Leichliter, from assistant superintendent for personnel and planning to superintendent, Penn Manor School District, Millersville, Pa.

Sherrie Whiten, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Stephens County, Toccoa, Ga.

Bruce A. Burton, superintendent, North Central Community Schools, Manly, Iowa

John Haugen, superintendent, Amherst, Wis.

Virginia Moon, superintendent, Ralston Public Schools, Omaha, Neb.

Robert J. Reidy Jr., superintendent, Mahopac, N.Y.

Thomas Sherk, superintendent, Cornwall-Lebanon School District, Lebanon, Pa.

Betty J. Sternberg, superintendent, Greenwich, Conn.

David L. Stricker, superintendent, Spring Grove, Pa.

Stephen L. Swanson, superintendent, Streator, Ill.

Paul D. Houston, retired AASA executive director, received Learning and Liberty Award from National School Public Relations Association

Thomas Payzant, former superintendent, Boston, and John Simpson, former superintendent, Norfolk, Va., named superintendents in residence with Broad Superintendents Academy

Paul Grumley, 78, retired superintendent, Midland, Wyo., March 8

Roger Lehnert, 66, superintendent, Ferndale, Wash., May 11

Kathleen Macy, 61, retired superintendent, Stillwater, Minn., May 16

Thomas K. Minter, 84, retired superintendent, Wilmington, Del., May 22

John W. Sanders, 73, retired superintendent, Lee County, Fla., April 16

Tony Stewart, 67, superintendent, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, N.C., June 13

Raymond Whittenburg, 72, retired superintendent, Jordan, Utah, April 1

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