Edgar B. Hatrick, III, Chosen as AASA President-Elect; Executive Committee Positions Filled

April 20, 2009

Amy Vogt


ARLINGTON, Va. – Edgar B. Hatrick, III, superintendent of Loudoun County, Va., Public Schools, was elected 2009-10 president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators on April 17, 2009. Hatrick has been a member of AASA for 22 years and has served on the AASA Executive Committee and the AASA Governing Board.

“Ed is a veteran school leader and AASA member who is committed to the work of the association and our members,” said AASA President Randall Collins, superintendent of schools in Waterford, Conn. “I look forward to working closely with Ed as a member of the AASA leadership team.”

“AASA and school leaders are living through times of great organizational, economic and social change. The challenges we face provide significant opportunities for the growth of AASA, and I am honored to have this opportunity to use my experience as a superintendent to help lead AASA,” said Hatrick. “We must work with Congress, the new administration, and other educational organizations to bring fairness and validity to the standards set under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. As president-elect, I will seek to represent AASA’s members to the best of my ability and work to increase membership so we can continue as a strong national voice for America’s children. I learned long ago that if we frame our decisions in what is right for children, we cannot fail.”

Hatrick has served as superintendent in Loudoun County since 1991. Previously, he was assistant superintendent in Loudoun County. He served as president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and the Washington Area Superintendents’ Study Council. He has been a guest lecturer at University of Virginia, George Mason University, Shenandoah University and Marymount University. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees in education from Virginia Tech and his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Richmond.

In the AASA Executive Committee elections, the following individuals were elected to three-year terms on the Executive Committee: Jerry Colonna, superintendent in Beaverton, Ore.; Joe Gertsema, superintendent in Yankton, S.D.; Chris Wright, superintendent of the Hazelwood School District in St. Louis, Mo.; and Frank Sippy, superintendent of Pomperaug Regional School District 15 in Middlebury and Southbury, Conn.

Mark T. Bielang, superintendent of schools in Paw Paw, Mich., will be installed as 2009-10 AASA president and Hatrick will be sworn in as 2009-10 AASA president-elect on July 16 during a ceremony held in conjunction with AASA’s summer governance meetings and the AASA Seattle Summit in Seattle, Wash. The Executive Committee members also will be sworn in at the ceremony.

“Ed Hatrick has been an outstanding school administrator and an active member of AASA for many years and I look forward to his leadership,” said AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech. “In addition, AASA is fortunate to have new members on the AASA Executive Committee to work with Ed and Mark Bielang to advance our shared vision of high-quality public education for all students.”

Note: Photos of Hatrick are available for download from the AASA website:


About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, please visit www.aasa.org.