Alexandria, VA (6/2/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has announced that Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter will retire after a 22-year tenure as the association’s leader. Dr. Carter will step down effective June 30, 2014, and will assume the title of Emeritus Executive Director.

During his tenure, Dr. Carter led ASCD’s international expansion, advocating for the whole child and healthy school communities on a worldwide level. Additionally, under Dr. Carter’s leadership, ASCD grew the association’s professional development programs, products, and services, including publishing capabilities, conferences and institutes, and digital offerings.

“On behalf of everyone in the ASCD community, I want to thank Dr. Carter for his time served and for all of his contributions to the education field,” said Becky Berg, ASCD’s President. “Dr. Carter’s visionary leadership over his 22-year tenure has strengthened ASCD’s position as a valuable resource for educators around the world and a model for associations everywhere.”

A native of Staunton, Va., Dr. Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia State University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Boston University. He earned his doctorate in instructional and curricular practice in 1973 from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining ASCD, Dr. Carter served for nine years as the superintendent of schools in Norfolk, Va.

“Although I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at ASCD and especially the opportunity to work with countless committed individuals over the past 22 years, I am anxiously looking forward to assuming the status of Emeritus Executive Director and, most of all, beginning the next chapter in my life with my family, friends, and colleagues,” said Dr. Carter.

The ASCD Board of Directors met and appointed Judy Seltz to the position of Acting Executive Director. Seltz previously served as Chief Constituent Services Officer and Deputy Executive Director and will lead ASCD during the transition period.

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