Alexandria, VA (04/21/11)—Paul Healey is the new President of ASCD, an educational leadership association dedicated to providing educators with professional development essential to improving student achievement in their own schools, districts, and communities. Healey took office at the end of the closing general session of the ASCD 2011 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Francisco, Calif., on March 28.

“Learn. Teach. Lead. ASCD’s tagline captures what the organization has been about for more than 65 years,” said Healey. “During my tenure as President, my goal is to ensure that our programs, products, services, and communities continue to provide relevant, timely, and high-quality resources to meet the demands of an ever-changing world.”

Healey is the superintendent of Bermudian Springs School District (BSSD) in York Springs, Penn. Prior to accepting that position, he served as an assistant superintendent at BSSD, as director of education and a principal in the Camp Hill School District, and as an elementary school principal and teacher. Healey is the first ASCD President from the state of Pennsylvania.

Healey holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University and a master’s degree in public school administration and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University. He has served on the ASCD Board of Directors and been a member of the local Pennsylvania ASCD affiliate for more than 14 years.

Healey replaces Sara Magaña Shubel, superintendent for East Grand Rapids Public Schools, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and now Immediate Past President of ASCD. Debra A. Hill, associate professor at Argosy University, is the President-Elect.

In other association news, ASCD announced the following new members of the ASCD Board of Directors:

• Larry Cartner, superintendent, Person County Schools, Roxboro, N.C.
• Marc Cohen, principal, Seneca Valley High School, Germantown, Md.
• Judith Golden, superintendent, East Hampton Public Schools, East Hampton, Conn.
• Joseph Goodnack, superintendent, North Hills School District, Pittsburgh, Penn.
• Mary Kay Kirkland, associate superintendent, Box Elder School District, Brigham City, Utah
• Pasi Sahlberg, director general of the Center for International Mobility and Cooperation, Helsinki, Finland

In addition, ASCD announced new Leadership Council members-at-large. As a representative voice from the ASCD community, the Leadership Council creates, adopts, and acts on ASCD positions. Members joining the ASCD Leadership Council are:

• Cynthia Anderson, director of middle grades curriculum, Griffin-Spalding County School System, Griffin, Ga.
• LaQuanda Brown, principal, Alcovy High School, Covington, Ga.
• Katinia Davis, principal, Longleaf Middle School, Columbia, S.C.
• Kurt Schneider, director of student services, Stoughton Area School District, Stoughton, Wis.

For more information about ASCD programs, products, services, and membership, visit

Contact Information

Stephen Wakefield, communications director, at 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.

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