As you are keenly aware, my last day with AEA 267 is quickly approaching. Please consider this to be my sincere goodbye to each and every one of you.
As I retire, I do so with a mix of feelings; happy about the new phase of life that I will be entering and sad that I will be leaving so many wonderful friends and colleagues. The previous 15 years with the Area Education Agency system have been some of the most rewarding of my career. To have served as the chief administrator of an organization and system so driven to excellence has been an incredible experience.
The AEA 267 Board of Directors has secured two outstanding individuals to lead the agency beginning July 1. Roark Horn is highly respected around the state both for his leadership expertise as well as his approachability and respectful nature. Dr. Anne Sullivan will bring a wealth of experience as well as an energy well suited for the complexity of our agency. Both will hit the ground running on July 1. I encourage you to make them feel welcome and support them as they both lead you and learn from you.
Thank you so much for making my time at AEA 267 such a positive experience. I will remember you all with fondness.