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Lisa E. Beames
With more than a quarter century as an educator in the Hawkeye State, Lisa Beames has been named superintendent in Anamosa, Iowa. She most recently worked for three years in Keosauqua as superintendent of Van Buren Community School District. Beames earlier spent four years in Marshalltown as director of curriculum and instruction and associate superintendent. An AASA member since 2007, she spent her early career in New London, including 15 years in classroom and administrative roles.


William E. Harner
William Harner has been named the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s secretary of education. Following a 20-year career in the military, Harner served sundry education positions. He chaired the high school redesign initiative in the Recovery School District of New Orleans and served as deputy to the chief executive officer in the Philadelphia, Pa., schools. Harner also held two superintendencies, in Greenville County, S.C., and for the past five years in Cumberland Valley, Pa. An AASA member since 2008, he received his Ed.D. from the University of South Carolina.


Jim L. Hinson
After nearly 30 years as an educator in Missouri, Jim Hinson has moved to Kansas as the new superintendent in Shawnee Mission. The move marks Hinson’s fourth superintendency. He joins the district from Independence, Mo., where he spent 11 years as superintendent after serving for a year as the district’s deputy superintendent. Previously, Hinson held the top slot in Granby, Mo., for three years and in Greenfield, Mo., for two. A member of AASA since 2002, Hinson earned his Ed.D. from Saint Louis University.


Donna L. Jahnke
After five years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction/teaching and learning at Ladue School District in St. Louis, Mo., Donna Jahnke has moved into the district’s top berth. A member of AASA since 2008, Jahnke came to Ladue in 1991 as a classroom teacher before becoming director of community services. She then served as principal of the district’s Reed Elementary School for a decade before heading to the central office. Jahnke received a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.



 Michael Haynes

Three years ago, Michael Haynes took up a young person’s sport, ski jumping, in which a steep downhill trajectory propels him airborne. A longtime snowboarder, he’s taken lessons from a former Olympic coach from the Ukraine and now competes at jumping sites in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where he leads an educational service agency in Chippewa Falls. (His personal best: a 27-meter jump on a 40-meter hill.) Steel tracks and plastic landing points enable Haynes to jump year round, about three times a week on average. An AASA member of one year, he’s learned a lasting lesson from his new hobby. “In schools, failure is somewhat demonized; we fear it. But in ski jumping … you have to fail in order to improve.”


Bruce Borchers, from superintendent, Rockwood School District, Eureka, Mo., to superintendent, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Anthony P. Cavanna, from superintendent, West Orange, N.J., to executive director of principal coaching and evaluation, Paterson, N.J.

Bill Decker, from superintendent, Muscatine, Iowa, to chief administrator, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Bettendorf, Iowa

Karen Garza, from superintendent, Lubbock, Texas, to superintendent, Fairfax County, Va.

Dale Herl, from deputy superintendent to superintendent, Independence, Mo.

Daniel Hoesing, from superintendent, Alliance, Neb., to superintendent, Schuyler, Neb.

Paul Jones, from superintendent, Saltillo, Texas, to superintendent, Paris, Texas

Merri Rieger, from superintendent, Kent, Wash., to superintendent, Renton, Wash.

Mike Wells, from superintendent, Cedar Falls, Iowa, to superintendent, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Lu Young, from superintendent, Jessamine County School District, Nicholasville, Ky., to superintendent, Fayette County, Ky.


Thomas Chapman, superintendent, Anderson County School District 2, Honea Path, S.C.

Robert H. Coad Jr., executive director, Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28, Indiana, Pa.

Jack Dale, superintendent, Fairfax County, Va.

Brian Foster, superintendent, Rangeley Lakes Regional School, Rangeley, Maine

Brad Hutchison, superintendent, Olympia Community Unit School District 16, Stanford, Ill.

Bill Kessinger, superintendent, West Memphis, Ark.

Sandra L. Martin, superintendent, Butler School District 53, Oak Brook, Ill.

Glenn Pelecky, chief administrator, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Bettendorf, Iowa

Mike Swartz, superintendent, Jefferson, Wis.

Gary Goodson, 73, retired superintendent, San Gabriel, Calif., June 19

Gary Neis, 54, superintendent, Pecatonica, Wis., June 25

Edward Stock, 81, retired superintendent, Burlington, Ill., June 25

Donna A. Vaughan, 52, superintendent, Salinas, Calif., June 3

News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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