School Administrator, September 2015


BrennerDaniel Brenner
After nine years in Roslyn, N.Y., three as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology and six as superintendent, Dan Brenner has accepted the superintendency in Darien, Conn. He previously spent five years as a high school principal in Yorktown, N.Y., and five years as principal at the Village School in Great Neck, N.Y. Brenner began his education career as a school psychologist and has continued in his role as a clinical psychologist since 1988. A member of AASA since 2009, he holds a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

CampbellTammy Campbell
The new superintendent of the 21,000-student Federal Way, Wash., district is Tammy Campbell, who joins the Seattle-area system after two years as assistant superintendent of learning and teaching in Renton, Wash. Campbell previously served as executive director of instructional programs and executive director of teaching and learning in Spokane, Wash., for seven years. She began her career as a classroom teacher, subsequently serving as a summer school principal and then principal in Spokane Valley’s Central Valley School District. An AASA member since 2009, Campbell holds an Ed.D. from Washington State University.

HansonRonald G. Hanson
Ron Hanson has assumed the super-intendency in North Platte, Neb. He joins the district after six years as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and four years as director of curriculum in Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, Neb. Prior, Hanson served as principal and director of curriculum and professional development in Bellevue, Neb. An AASA member since 2013, Hanson began his career as a math and science teacher in Buffalo, S.D. He holds an Ed.D. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

JonesCurtis L. Jones Jr.
The Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga., has welcomed Curtis Jones as superintendent. Jones most recently spent more than a decade in administration in the Griffin-Spalding County School System in Griffin, Ga., as superintendent, assistant superintendent of administrative services and principal. Prior to his career in education, Jones served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. An AASA member for six years, he currently serves as a Governing Board member. Jones holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

TomkoRichard D. Tomko
The 4,700-student Belleville, N.J., school district has selected Richard Tomko as its new superintendent. Tomko previously spent five years as superintendent in Elmwood Park, N.J., where he also was a principal and interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Tomko’s earlier teaching and administrative experiences were in North Arlington, Dunellen and Paramus, N.J. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., and Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J. An AASA member since 2010, Tomko holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Seton Hall University in Orange, N.J.

WhistonBrian J. Whiston
After seven years as superintendent in Dearborn, Mich., Brian Whiston has been named state superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education. Previously, he served 11 years as director of government and community services for the Oakland Schools in Waterford Township, Mich., during which time he was a member of the district’s school board. Whiston began his career in politics as chief of staff to former Michigan Sen. Rudy Nichols. An AASA member since 2008, he sat on the association’s Governing Board.



Tami Crader, from superintendent, Warren, N.J., to superintendent, Neptune, N.J.

Franklin Foster, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Colleton County School District, Walterboro, S.C.

Dirk Halupnik, from deputy superintendent, Linn-Mar Community School District, Marion, Iowa, to superintendent, Southeast Polk Community School District, Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Jim Hogeboom, from superintendent, Lucia Mar Unified School District, Arroyo Grande, Calif., to superintendent, Novato, Calif.

John Link, from superintendent, Fair Grove, Mo., to superintendent, Jackson, Mo.

Mackey Pendergrast, from superintendent, West Morris Regional High School District, Chester, N.J., to superintendent, Morris School District, Morristown, N.J.

John A. Ravally, from superintendent, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., to superintendent, Franklin Township Public Schools, Franklinville, N.J.

David Whitesell, from superintendent, Stevensville, Mont., to superintendent, Arlee, Mont.

Charles Young, from associate superintendent, Palo Alto, Calif., to superintendent, Benicia, Calif.



Patrick Bird, superintendent, Mattawan, Mich.

Jeff Corkery, superintendent, Western Dubuque Community School District, Farley, Iowa

Elizabeth Everitt, superintendent, Aiken, S.C.

Dan Fox, superintendent, Pershing County, Nev.

Jerry Frew, superintendent, Kearsarge Regional School District, New London, N.H.

Richard Grimoskas, superintendent, Tipton, Iowa

Sue Ann Gruver, superintendent, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, Prior Lake, Minn.

Alan Jensen, superintendent, English Valleys Community School District, North English, Iowa

Bobbi F. Johnson, superintendent, Culpeper, Va.

Kelley Kalinich, superintendent, Kenilworth, Ill.

Tim Morgan, superintendent, Sheffield, Ala.

Catherine Nichols, superintendent, Covina-Valley Unified School District, Covina, Calif.



Ron Sodoma, 70, retired superintendent, Albion, N.Y., April 13

Robert R. (Bud) Spillane, 80, retired superintendent, Fairfax, Va., July 18

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