AASA Installs President and President-Elect for 2012-13

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 19, 2012 – Benny Gooden, superintendent of the Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Ark., and Amy F. Sichel, superintendent of the Abington School District, Abington, Pa., were installed today as the American Association of School Administrators’ president and president-elect, respectively, for 2012-13. Gooden succeeds Patricia E. Neudecker, superintendent of Oconomowoc, Wis., Area Schools, as the association's president. Neudecker will remain on the executive committee as immediate past president.

Gooden and Sichel were officially sworn in at an installation ceremony and reception held in conjunction with AASA’s summer governance meetings in Washington, D.C.

Gooden has served as superintendent in Fort Smith since 1986. Previously, he held superintendencies in the Boonville R-I School District, and the Crawford County R-I School District, both in Missouri. He is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Gooden has served on numerous statewide commissions and task forces and served as president of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators in 2007-08. Gooden is presently a member of the AASA Executive Committee and previously served on its Governing Board. He is well-known in AASA as the director of the Singing Superintendents. Gooden received a B.A. from Harding University, a M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas, and an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri.

“Benny has been one of the stalwarts of AASA throughout his career,” said AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech. “His work on behalf of superintendents everywhere has been tireless. We look forward to his leadership in this new role.”

“Our communities are having very important and challenging conversations about public education these days” said Gooden. “I believe that AASA has a key role to play in those conversations. We have something of value to say. I am excited to have a part in shaping the future for all students across the nation.”

Sichel is presently a member of the AASA Governing Board. She has been a member of the organization and of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators since 2001. She was the 2010 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.

Sichel has served as superintendent of the Abington School District since 2001. She has been an adjunct associate professor at the University Of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Education since 1981, and is also currently an adjunct instructor at Delaware Valley College. She has served on a number of education panels and forums, including the Suburban Superintendents Study Council, of which she was president from 2004 to 2009. Sichel was graduated from Lafayette College. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

About AASA
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