AASA Installs President and President-Elect for 2013-14

James Minichello


 Amy F. Sichel
AASA president
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David Pennington
AASA president-elect

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 10, 2013 – Amy F. Sichel, superintendent of the Abington School District in Abington, Pa., and David Pennington, superintendent of the Ponca City Public Schools in Ponca City, Okla., were installed as the AASA’s president and president-elect, respectively, for 2013-14. Sichel succeeds Benny Gooden, superintendent of the Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, Ark., as the association’s president. Gooden will remain on the executive committee as immediate past president.

Sichel and Pennington were elected by the AASA membership last year and were officially sworn in at an installation ceremony and reception held in conjunction with AASA’s 2013 summer governance meetings in Arlington, Va.

Sichel has been a member of AASA 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, and was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Sichel graduated from Lafayette College. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

 “Amy is a true professional,” said Daniel Domenech, AASA executive director. “She has worked tirelessly for students and schools in her own district and at the state and national levels. She gets things done. AASA will thrive under her leadership.” 

In her remarks at the installation, Sichel reiterated her commitment to public education for all children.

As AASA members, and as educational leaders,” she said, “we can and must constantly and consistently spread and reinforce the message that excellence in public education is the national standard and that achievement for all students must be the result. A healthy, strong AASA with a committed and expanded membership is crucial to advance the success of public education in the U.S.”

Pennington is presently a member of the AASA Executive Committee. He served on the AASA Governing Board from 2004 to 2010 and has been a member of the organization and of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators since 1993. Pennington received a B.S., an M.S., and an Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. He was president of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators in 2004 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Prior to coming to Ponca City Public Schools, he was superintendent of the Blackwell Public Schools, in Blackwell, Okla.




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