AASA Cites Three Veteran School Leaders for Service

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 17, 2011. The American Association of School Administrators will honor two exceptional retired educational leaders, as well as the immediate past president of the association, with Distinguished Service Awards at a ceremony at AASA’s 2011 National Conference on Education, Feb. 18, in Denver, Colo.

The honorees are being recognized by AASA for bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and their profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association; and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy or other activities.

To receive the Distinguished Service Award, an individual must have been an AASA member for at least 10 years and be retired from a full-time position in educational administration. Each year the honorees includes AASA’s immediate past president.

The Distinguished Service Award carries a life membership in AASA. The 2011 honorees, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Mark T. Bielang

Mark Bielang has been superintendent of Paw Paw Public Schools in the southwest corner of Lower Michigan for 17 years. The district has approximately 2,300 students in grades K-12 with additional students enrolled in the district’s Early Childhood Center and Adult/Alternative Education Programs. Prior to Paw Paw, Bielang served as a high school principal in Ionia and Central Montcalm, both in Michigan.

Bielang is the immediate past president of the American Association of School Administrators and has previously served on the Governing Board and Executive Committee of AASA. In 2005 he served as president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. Bielang serves as president of Eastern Van Buren County Habitat for Humanity, is on the Advisory Board of Bronson-Lakeview Community Hospital, and a member of the Paw Paw Area Kiwanis Club.

Howard Coble

Howard Coble began his career as a 6th-grade teacher in 1950. He served as an elementary principal for 11 years before moving into district leadership. These included stints as director of elementary education in Edmonds and superintendent in Snohomish and Olympia, all in Washington. After 31 years in school leadership Coble became executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators, where he served for 11 years.

Coble was active in state legislative work and chaired the committee which developed the first steps in a plan to implement full funding of basic education. He also served as a trustee and chairman of the board of St. Martins University and of chair of Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation. Coble currently is president of the board of directors of Education of Service District 13, a public agency serving 44 school districts in Western Washington.

Theodore J. Kowalski

Theodore J. Kowalski is a professor at the University of Dayton where he holds the Kuntz Family Endowed Chair in Educational Administration. His professional publications include 31 books and over 150 book chapters, monographs and refereed journal articles. His textbooks on the superintendency, school public relations, principalship, and administrator communication are widely used in preparation programs. A former superintendent and college of education dean, he is editor of the Journal of School Public Relations and an editorial board member for the Educational Administration Quarterly.

Kowalski previously served as a member of the AASA Committee on Women Administrators and the editorial board of the AASA Professor. He is a member of the editorial board of the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. In 2010, he was the lead researcher and author of the AASA decennial study of superintendents, a project he co-directed with Robert McCord

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. 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, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage.

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