Listings of the latest appointments and retirements in the member ranks. The Sidelight shines on a Kentucky superintendent with a fancy for breeding equines.

Samuel A. DePaul
After 32 years as an educator in Pennsylvania’s public schools, Samuel DePaul has moved to Albemarle, N.C., as superintendent of the Stanly County School District. He spent 17 years in the superintendency, heading three Keystone State school systems— Penn Hills, Ambridge Area and Rochester Area. DePaul earlier worked as a principal and teacher in the state. An 18-year member of AASA, he earned a doctoral degree in school administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Carlinda Purcell
After recently graduating from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, Carlinda Purcell has been appointed superintendent of Montgomery, Ala., Public Schools. She had been serving as associate superintendent of curriculum and instructional services for Cumberland County, N.C., and earlier was superintendent in Warren County. N.C. Purcell earned a doctorate in administration and supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Claudia Mansfield Sutton
AASA's new associate executive director for leadership and communications is Claudia Mansfield Sutton. She comes to AASA with extensive experience in education, business and association management, having served in management positions with CompassLearning and Computer Curriculum Corp. Sutton also was president and CEO of the Association, Education and Business Institute. She worked in AASA’s government relations in the mid-1980s.

Bill Szakacs
After four years as a K-8 superintendent/principal in Fontana, Wis., Bill Szakacs has assumed the reins of the top post of the 4,000-student Franklin, Wis., Public Schools. Earlier he worked as principal of Beeson Elementary School in Dodge City, Kan., principal of Cooper Elementary School in Burlington, Wis., and as an assistant principal in Galena Park, Texas. Szakecs holds an Ed.D. in leadership, learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University.


Fred Carter bought his first show horse as an 8 th grader, using the $80 he had pocketed from birthdays and Christmas. That launched a lifelong passion for raising and breeding show horses for Carter, superintendent in Glasgow, Ky., and past president of his state association. Over time, his stable grew to include 12 registered Tennessee walkers, some costing up to $2,500. Job demands today prevent him from showing his horses, but he raises them on 10 acres next to a golf course, a place he calls “the most stunning and gorgeous spot on earth.” His $80 investment has now grown to nearly $50,000.



Larry K. Dodds, from superintendent, A-C Central Community School District, Ashland, Ill., to superintendent, Ridgeview Community Unit School District, Colfax, Ill.

Shanda Hahn, from superintendent, Borrego Springs, Calif., to superintendent, Mother Lode Union School District, Placerville, Calif.

Jim Hawkins, from superintendent, DeSoto, Texas, to superintendent, Killeen, Texas

Steven Hiersche, from superintendent, Plymouth, Mass., to superintendent, Watertown, Mass.

Crawford Lewis, from executive director for professional learning and student assignment to superintendent, DeKalb County Schools, Decatur, Ga.

Stanley Mims, from chief education officer, Round Lake, Ill., to chief education officer, East St. Louis, Ill.

Sharron Nelson, from superintendent, Manheim Township School District, Lancaster, Pa., to director of teacher certification and preparation, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa.

Basan (Buzz) Nembirkow, from superintendent,. Chicopee, Mass., to superintendent, Brockton, Mass.

Lyle Rigdon, from superintendent, Ludlow, Ill., to superintendent, A-C Central Community School District, Ashland, Ill.

Jerome Roberts, from superintendent, Calumet Park, Ill., to director of secondary programs, Aurora, Ill.

Franklin Shumake, from retirement to superintendent, Oconee County, Ga.

John Simpson, from superintendent, Norfolk, Va., to senior executive, Stupski Foundation, Mill Valley, Calif.

Lynn Spampinato, from superintendent, Summit School District, Frisco, Colo., to chief academic officer, St. Louis, Mo.

Robert Sullivan, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Middleborough, Mass.

Kay Waggoner, from superintendent, Red Oak, Texas, to superintendent, Grapevine, Texas

Robin G. Willink, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Shelton, Conn.


Robert F. Gazda, superintendent/headmaster, The Gilbert School, Winstead, Conn.

Lawrence Kiley, superintendent, Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES, Binghamton, N.Y.

Joseph E. Kirchoff, superintendent, Boone, Iowa

Jerry Robbins, dean of the College of Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich.


William H. Deming, 84, retired superintendent, Dryden, N.Y., Oct. 12

Frederick W. Hill, 92, retired superintendent, Hicksville, N.Y., Oct. 15