Statement by AASA on the Passing of Nelson Mandela


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 6, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued a statement today following the passing of Nelson Mandela.

“On behalf of the thousands of school superintendents across the country and the entire AASA family, we join the world to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, a true champion of education.

“Mr. Mandela was a hero to me. During my visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, I was impressed by words there that I felt perfectly described his leadership style: ‘There are times when a leader has to show courage and go ahead of the flock to inspire a reluctant organization in the direction you want to go.’

“Mr. Mandela set a course for national reconciliation that called for forgiving. This came from a man who was imprisoned for nearly three decades during apartheid.

“As part of the AASA People-to-People School Administration Delegation, I had the opportunity to visit South Africa this fall. It was clear how revered he was and how his accomplishments were apparent throughout the country.

“As we pause to celebrate the many gifts he gave us, it is clear that his legacy will be felt across the globe for a long, long time.”


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