AASA Installs President and President-Elect for 2009-2010

July 16, 2009

Amy Vogt

ARLINGTON, Va. –Mark Bielang, superintendent of schools in Paw Paw, Mich., and Edgar B. Hatrick III, superintendent of Loudoun County, Va., Public Schools, were installed today as the American Association of School Administrators’ president and president-elect, respectively, for 2009-10. Bielang succeeds Randall Collins, superintendent of schools in Waterford, Conn., as the association's president.

Bielang and Hatrick were officially sworn in today at an installation ceremony held in conjunction with AASA’s summer governance meetings in Seattle, Wash.

Bielang has served as superintendent in Paw Paw since 1995. Previously, he was principal of Ionia (Mich.) High School. He has been a member of AASA for 14 years and has served on the AASA Executive Committee and the AASA Governing Board. He has also served as an executive board member and the 2005-06 president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators; as a member of the AASA Beliefs and Positions Subcommittee and the AASA Code of Ethics Subcommittee; and as past president of the Ionia Rotary Club. He currently serves as president of the Eastern Van Buren County (Mich.) Habitat for Humanity, on the board of directors of the Paw Paw Area Kiwanis Club, and as a member of the advisory council of the Bronson/Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw.

“We are fortunate to have someone like Mark Bielang to represent the education leaders of America and to advocate on behalf of children nationwide as president of AASA,” said AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech. “Mark’s passion for education, his proven leadership skills, and his professional experience as a superintendent will be a tremendous asset to AASA as we work to revitalize the association’s mission and strengthen its programs and services.”

“School systems are facing the challenges of budget shortfalls, a globalizing economy, social change and the demands of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,” said Bielang. “We must find new ways to meet the changing needs of our students and our communities. As AASA president, I will work to improve public education by bringing together forces to influence education policy and assure the continuous growth of school system leaders. I am honored by this opportunity to serve my profession.”

Hatrick has served as superintendent in Loudoun County since 1991. Previously, he was assistant superintendent in Loudoun County. He served as president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and the Washington Area Superintendents’ Study Council. He has been a guest lecturer at University of Virginia, George Mason University, Shenandoah University and Marymount University. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees in education from Virginia Tech and his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Richmond.

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA’s major focus is standing up for public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.