Keith D. Brewer
A career educator in Tennessee, Keith Brewer has been named deputy commissioner of the state department of education in Nashville. Since 1991, he was superintendent of the Manchester City Schools. Earlier, Brewer spent seven years at the helm of the Grundy County Schools. He is a past president of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents and holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University.

Kenneth R. Freeston
A lifelong educator in the Nutmeg State, Ken Freeston has moved into the superintendency of the Ridgefield, Conn., school district. Freeston spent the previous nine years as superintendent of the Easton, Redding and Region 9 in Connecticut. Earlier he was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Newtown, Conn., and principal of Amity Regional Junior High School. He holds a doctorate from University of Connecticut.

Christine Lim
After serving for five years as associate superintendent of educational services in Berkeley, Calif., Christine Lim has assumed the top berth in the San Leandro, Calif., Unified School District. She previously spent 12 years as principal of Berkeley’s Willard Middle School and eight years as principal in the city’s Columbus Intermediate School. Lim served three terms as president of the Union of Berkeley Administrators.

Donna Luallen
Following a stint at superintendent of the 500-student Shiloh district in Hume, Ill., Donna Luallen has assumed a new statewide post as manager of school finance for the Illinois State Board of Education. She earlier was a K-12 principal in Manlius, Ill., and an elementary principal in both Riverton, Ill., and Tampico, Ill. Earlier, Donna coordinated tech prep at Illinois Central College and was instructional materials coordinator at Western Illinois University.

SIDELIGHT
To newcomers in town, Lance Alwin might come across as a hog rider who made a wrong turn. In fact, he’s in his seventh year as superintendent in Antigo, Wis., and he has a powerful personal connection to his motorcycle, owing to the fact his beloved high school football coach later became president of Harley-Davidson, maker of the Springer Heritage he owns. At the district’s teacher orientation in August, Alwin dressed as an easy rider, replete with bandanna and black jeans, to strike a key point: “You have to look beyond surface appearances. ”

TRANSITIONS

APPOINTMENTS
Lynn Batten, from superintendent, Bulloch County Public Schools, Statesboro, Ga., to superintendent, Spartanburg, S.C.

John Bernard, from superintendent, Novato, Calif., to superintendent, Newark, Calif.

Orman Bridges Jr., from superintendent, Armory, Miss., to superintendent, Athens, Ala.

Traci J. Brown, from assistant superintendent to superintendent, Dolton School District 149, Calumet City, Ill.

Bob Fore, from superintendent, Dos Palos, Calif., to superintendent, Merced Union High School District, Atwater, Calif.

Kathy Kussy, from superintendent, Regional School District 17, Higganum, Conn., to principal, Prairieview Elementary School, Battle Creek, Mich.

Mike Paskewicz, from superintendent, Lake Zurich, Ill., to superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Northglenn, Colo.

Neil Rochelle, from superintendent, Keshequa Central School District, Nunda, N.Y., to superintendent, Iroquois Central Schools, Elma, N.Y.

David Simmons, from superintendent, Texas City, Texas, to superintendent, Tyler, Texas

George Stamas, from superintendent, Hopkins, Mich., to superintendent, Montcalm Area Schools, Stanton, Mich.

RETIREMENTS
Dwayne R. Adsitt, superintendent, Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free Schools, Mattituck, N.Y.

Mary Bonen, superintendent, Minisink Valley, N.Y.

Wendall Kuykendall, superintendent, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, Calif.

Marilyn Lubell, superintendent, Worcester, N.Y.

Ed Mozingo, superintendent, Williston, S.C.

Bobby Neighbors, superintendent, Jefferson County School District, Birmingham, Ala.

Louis R. Pettinelli, deputy superintendent, Oswego County BOCES, Mexico, N.Y.

Barry Reed, superintendent, Cascade, Calif., Elementary School District

Margaret Sauer, superintendent, Westfield, N.Y.

Donald Slate, superintendent, Worth County, Ga.

Stan Slaven, superintendent, Greeley County, Kan.

Allan Smith, superintendent, Irwin County, Ga.

Stephen J. Tomaino, superintendent, McKeesport, Pa.

DEATHS
Gary Beathard, 33, superintendent, Crescent, Okla., June 21

David C. LaPierre, 56, superintendent, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical Schools, Fitchburg, Mass., Aug. 18

Michael May, 54, superintendent, Watonga, Okla., Aug. 9