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IASA names Clark as new Executive Director

Brent Clark, superintendent of schools at Belleville THSD 201, was named the new executive director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators Saturday during the IASB/IASA/IASBO Annual Conference in Chicago.

Clark will succeed Walt Warfield, who retires as IASA's executive director at the end of June 2006. Warfield has been executive director of the association since July 1, 1992.

In his first official speech to IASA members since his appointment, Clark pointed to the enormous challenges that face education and IASA because of the changing ranks of Illinois superintendents, 116 of whom were new to the job this year and the nearly 400 who will retire in the next two to three years. He called on the remaining "core" of superintendents to provide leadership for those who will be entering the profession.

Clark also urged a "purple state" mentality to unite efforts on the part of Illinois children and school districts to quell the "red state-blue state" divisiveness that governs national politics. "My goal is to make us more purple than red or blue," he said.

The search for a new executive director was set into motion in January 2005 when Warfield announced his intention to retire in 2006. IASA's board of directors formed a transition committee, which in turn hired a search firm for the initial selection process, according to Warfield. Once the initial selections were made, the transition committee turned the process back to the entire IASA board, which made its decision in November.

"I have known Brent since he became a superintendent," Warfield said in an interview following the conference. "He's a fine young man and will do an excellent job for the association."

Clark has been superintendent in Belleville for three years. He has served on IASA's board of directors for the Southwestern Division for the past year since the retirement of Jim Rosborg, who was superintendent at Belleville Public Elementary District 118.



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