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People Watch


Lori D. Bein
The new superintendent in the 5,100-student Arlington Heights, Ill., School District 25 beginning in July will be Lori Bein, who joins the Chicago-area district after seven years as superintendent in Roselle, Ill., and three years as assistant superintendent in Skokie, Ill. Before moving into district-level administration, Bein spent six years as a principal in Morton Grove, Ill., and four as an assistant principal in Palatine, Ill. An AASA member since 2007, Bein holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University in Chicago.


Anthony J. Habra
Anthony Habra has assumed the superintendency in 2,300-student Paw Paw, Mich. He joins the district after nearly four years as superintendent in Rudyard, Mich. Prior, Habra served as a junior/senior high school principal in Cassopolis, Mich., and as an assistant principal and social studies curriculum director in Lansing, Mich. An AASA member since 2010, Habra also worked as a high school counselor and director of alternative education in Bath, Mich. He commenced his career as an at-risk and special education counselor in Tucson, Ariz.


Shawn D. Hime
The Oklahoma State School Boards Association has selected Shawn Hime, a four-year AASA member, as its new executive director. Hime most recently spent six years as superintendent of the 7,850-student Enid, Okla., school district. He earlier held positions with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, serving first as assistant state superintendent and then director of student assessment. He also has spent time as a district-level administrator, math teacher and football coach in Ardmore, Okla., and Lexington, Okla.


Anne S. McKenzie
After nearly eight years as executive director of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative in West Springfield, Mass., Anne McKenzie has accepted the superintendency in Hadley, Mass. She previously spent five years at West Springfield High School, as principal and assistant principal, and two years as the special education program director at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass. McKenzie earlier taught special education. A member of AASA since 2002, she holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Aaron C. Spence
The 13,000-student Virginia Beach, Va., school district has welcomed Aaron Spence as its new superintendent. Spence, a Virginia Beach native, has been superintendent of Moore County Schools in Carthage, N.C., since 2012 and earlier was chief high school officer in Houston for two years. He also served two years as the chief academic officer and director of curriculum and instruction in Chesterfield, Va., and 10 years as a high school principal in Henrico, Va. A member of AASA since 2012, Spence earned an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia.


Michael L. Thurmond
Michael Thurmond has moved from interim to full-time superintendent of the 99,000-student DeKalb County Schools in Stone Mountain, Georgia’s third-largest district. A lawyer with a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Thurmond is on leave from Atlanta firm Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer. A Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, he previously served as Georgia commissioner of family and children’s services and state labor commissioner. Thurmond joined AASA as a member in 2013.


Brent Blevins,
from superintendent, Forsyth, Mo., to deputy superintendent for operations, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Eric Bracy, from superintendent, Northampton County Schools, Jackson, N.C., to superintendent, Sampson County Schools, Clinton, N.C.

Kyle Freeman, from assistant superintendent, Mascoutah, Ill., to superintendent, Washington, Ill.

Todd Geerlings, from superintendent, Hastings, Mich., to principal, Muskegon Catholic Central High School, Muskegon, Mich.

LaTonya Goffney, from superintendent, Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent Schools, Coldspring, Texas, to superintendent, Lufkin, Texas.

Michael Graner, from superintendent, Ledyard, Conn., to superintendent, Groton, Conn.

Debra Hamm, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Richland School District Two, Columbia, S.C.

Johnnie Silkett, from superintendent, Pattonsburg, Mo., to superintendent, South Nodaway R-IV, Barnard, Mo.


Jerome Bartley,
superintendent, Central Greene School District, Waynesburg, Pa.

Rick Black, superintendent, Papillion-La Vista School District, Papillion, Neb.

Jesús H. Chávez, superintendent, Round Rock, Texas

Randy Clegg, superintendent, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, Burnsville, Minn.

Virginia Dahlstrom, superintendent, Wadena-Deer Creek Schools, Wadena, Minn.

Paul Gallagher, superintendent, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Reeves McGlohon, superintendent, Gaston County. N.C.

Stephen Putman, superintendent, Brasher Falls, N.Y.

Henry E. Arnold Jr.,
79, retired superintendent, Cherokee County, Ga., Sept. 28

Lawrence DeBellis, 95, retired superintendent, Point Pleasant, N.J., Nov. 29

Chester A. Roush, 95, retired superintendent, Kettering, Ohio, Oct. 13

James R. Savage Jr., 84, retired superintendent, Norwood, Mass., Oct. 25

Kenneth P. Schoonover, 91, retired superintendent, Littleton, Colo., July 26

John Stuart, 87, retired superintendent, Aurora, Colo., Oct. 30

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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