September 2023: School Administrator


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Editor's Note

A Current Portrayal of the Superintendency

The pandemic influenced many aspects of K-12 education, and that includes how someone successfully lands a job as a superintendent. This is the subject addressed in our cover story by Max McGee, a former superintendent on state and local levels who now runs the country’s largest executive search firm for superintendents. He details what school boards are most eager to see in their strongest candidates.

We’ve called on a series of contributors in this month’s issue with a wealth of experiences in and research knowledge about school system leadership. Steve Joel, newly retired after 37 years as a superintendent, describes how a newly hired superintendent can make the most of the honeymoon period with the school board, and Scott Robison, another recent retiree, writes about succession planning in school districts’ top roles.

A pair of veteran school governance consultants, Rick Maloney and Bob Hughes, share candid board relationship advice for superintendents, while Shawn Joseph, another former superintendent, lends his thoughts on why there’s a paucity of Black educators reaching the superintendency. Finally, Chris Tienken, who consults with AASA on superintendency studies, analyzes the impact of states that impose salary limits on their superintendents.

All of their contributions add up to an informative portrayal of a contemporary career in the superintendency. We welcome your feedback.

Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator

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