Douglas C. Arnold
In his 30th year of service as a public educator, Doug Arnold has assumed the superintendency of the Pleasant Valley School District, a 6,700-student district located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He spent his first 29 years in public education with the East Stroudsburg, Pa., Area School District, having taught special education, mathematics, math remediation and social studies, and served in a variety of administrative roles, including 10 years in central administration. He is the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators. He holds a Ph.D. from Marywood University.

Robert J. Collins
The new superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District in La Mesa, Calif., is Bob Collins, who has served as chief instructional officer for secondary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the last three years. Collins has spent 39 years in the Los Angeles system in an array of roles. He has worked as director of high schools, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment and superintendent of a subdistrict serving 117,000 students in 134 schools. Collins was honored as high school principal of the year in California in 1989.

Daniel A. Nerad
After seven years as superintendent in Green Bay, Wis., Dan Nerad moves next month to the top position in the Madison, Wis., Metropolitan School District. Nerad, who was honored as state superintendent of the year in 2006, has spent the entirety of his professional career in Green Bay, starting as a social worker for 14 years. He also worked as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and supervisor of at-risk programs. An AASA Governing Board member, Nerad earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Janet M. Tyler
Following a one-year stint as the interim superintendent in Bolton, Conn., Janet Tyler has assumed the superintendency in Canterbury, Conn. Tyler has spent the entirety of her career in K-12 education in the Nutmeg State. She started as a teacher in Hartford, West Hartford and Newington, including four years teaching English to non-English speakers. She also spent three years as a reading consultant in Vernon. Tyler’s first central-office posting was in Bolton, where she worked seven years as director of curriculum and instruction, including a final year doubling as interim chief.

Upon his retirement at the end of June, Roger Pfeuffer hopes to pursue a lifelong passion for photography in a big way. Pfeuffer, superintendent in Tucson, Ariz., since 2004, has been toting a camera since he was 14, when during a camping trip to Mexico, he discovered “the camera gives you an intriguing way to look at things.” He’s had his photos of landscapes and Southwest culture published in a book, Daughters of the Earth, sold prints to private collectors and donated work to fundraising auctions. He dreams of turning pro as he travels more widely.



Raymond Boccuti, from superintendent, Jenkintown, Pa., to superintendent, New Hope-Solebury School District, New Hope, Pa.

Darrell Brown, from assistant superintendent, Katy, Texas, to superintendent, Forney, Texas

Lloyd Graham, from superintendent, Greenville, Texas, to superintendent, La Porte, Texas

David J. Klein, from superintendent, Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Region 18, Old Lyme, Conn., to superintendent, Madison, Conn.

Richard Martz, from acting superintendent to superintendent, Midd-West School District, Middleburg, Pa.

Luanne Matta, from assistant executive director to executive director, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, Greensburg, Pa.

Shelly Riedel, from assistant superintendent, Wyomissing, Pa., to superintendent, Donegal School District, Mount Joy, Pa.

Rudolph Rubeis, from superintendent, West Genesee Central Schools, Camillus, N.Y., to superintendent, Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, Wallingford, Pa.


Joseph Bellissimo, superintendent, Derry, Pa.

William E. DeFeo, superintendent, Manchester, Conn.

Chris Effken, superintendent, Friend, Neb.

Priscilla Feir, superintendent, Perkiomen Valley Schools, Collegeville, Pa.

John Fronk, superintendent, Millersburg, Pa.

Judith Funk, superintendent, Twin Valley School District, Elverson, Pa.

Rob Gordon, superintendent, Marshall, Mo.

Dennis Gray, superintendent, High Plains Community Schools, Polk, Neb.

Benjamin J. Kanninen, superintendent, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools, Burnsville, Minn.

Kem Keithly, superintendent, Enid, Okla.

Bruce Paul, executive director, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, Greensburg, Pa.

Keith Rohwer, superintendent, Nebraska City, Neb.

William Schewe, superintendent, Dupage County School District 45, Villa Park, Ill.

Paula Schwartz, superintendent, Regional School District 10, Burlington, Conn.

Lonnie Seipp, superintendent, Alpine, Texas

Duane Vicini, superintendent, Forest Area School District, Tionesta, Pa.


B. Jean Walker, 60, former superintendent, Cumberland Valley School District, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 26

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