Peter P. Horoschak
With previous superintendencies over 28 years in five states, Peter Horoschak recently added an appointment as the chief of the Warwick, R.I., schools. He spent the past nine years as superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood Schools in Maplewood, N.J. His previous superintendencies were in Albuquerque, N.M.; Stamford, Conn.; Pittsford and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and Shaker Heights, Ohio. Horoschak also served three years as a deputy state commissioner in Connecticut. He received an Ed.D. from Harvard.

Cynthia S. Simms
The 15,000-student Walnut Valley, Calif., Unified School District has a new superintendent in Cyndy Simms. She spent the past five years as superintendent in Mercer Island, Wash. Previously Simms served as superintendent in Steamboat Springs, Colo., for nine years and in Placerville, Calif., for six years. She started her career as a 1st-grade teacher in Prince William County, Va. Simms holds a doctoral degree in school administration from the University of Denver.

Eric J. Smith
A veteran superintendent, Eric Smith has been named Florida state commissioner of education. He most recently worked for the College Board as senior vice president of college readiness, but he previously held a series of superintendent posts — in Anne Arundel County, Md.; Charlotte-Mecklenberg, N.C.; Newport News, Va.; and Danville, Va. Smith is serving as chair of the U.S. Department of Education Title 1 review panel. A former state superintendent of the year in North Carolina, he earned his Ed.D. from University of Florida.

Bessie LeFra Young
The new superintendent in the 16,000-student Camden, N.J., City School District is Bessie LeFra Young, who served most of her professional career in the public schools of Philadelphia, most recently as Central Region school superintendent. Young began her career in 1972 as a classroom teacher in Philadelphia. During her 35-year career, she has been principal on special assignment at both William Penn and Kensington high schools.

Saying he enjoys working “with critters and kids,” Bill Mowinkel turns to coaching a 4-H team with great passion. Born and raised in cattle country, Mowinkel has been a superintendent in Nebraska for 21 years, the last seven in the Northwest schools of Grand Island, Neb. Once a 4-Her himself, Mowinkel serves as an adviser to students, helping them to prepare livestock projects, mostly sheep and cattle, for summer fairs. “I have the equipment and the knowledge to share with kids,” he says of his hobby.



Anthony J. Bivona, from superintendent, Regional School District 6, Litchfield, Conn. to superintendent, Brookfield, Conn.

Michael Cline, from superintendent, Perrysburg, Ohio, to superintendent, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, Mansfield, Ohio

Sonny Cruse, from superintendent, China Spring, Texas, to superintendent, Bonham, Texas

Bradley Landis, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Pottsgrove School District, Pottstown, Pa.

Robert Mackey, superintendent, Downsville, N.Y., to superintendent, Unadilla Valley Central Schools, New Berlin, N.Y.

Kimberly Mueller, from director of elementary education, Lancaster, N.Y., to superintendent, Depew, N.Y.

Steven Nichols, from superintendent, Jefferson County, W.Va., to superintendent, Staunton, Va.

Richard Nilsen, from superintendent, Dover, Pa., to superintendent, Eastern Lebanon County Schools, Myerstown, Pa.

Kathryn Orban, from assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction to superintendent, York, Pa.

Lynne B. Pierson, from superintendent, Wes-ton, Conn., to consultant, Ministry of Edu-cation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Gary Pogorzelski, from middle school principal to superintendent, Newfane, N.Y.

Michael Sharrow, from high school principal to superintendent, Algonac, Mich.

William Walker, assistant superintendent for business services, Killeen, Texas, to superintendent, Randolph Field Independent Schools, Universal City, Texas

Robin Zymroz, from assistant superintendent, Iroquois Central Schools, Elma, N.Y., to superintendent, Akron, N.Y.


Michele Lawrence
, superintendent, Berkeley, Calif.

Joe Rull, superintendent, Weymouth, Mass.

Colleen Wilcox, superintendent, Santa Clara County, Calif.


Russell D. Anderson, 87, former superintendent, Independent School District 197, Mendota Heights, Minn., Oct. 3

Michael J. Brott, 69, retired superintendent, McMinnville, Ore., Oct. 13

Marvin Ray Newton, 67, former superintendent, Viola, Ark., Sept. 23

John E. Onofrio, 75, retired superintendent, West Haven, Conn., Oct. 10

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