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Joraanstad selected to lead Arizona School Administrators

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  • Nedda Shafir/Arizona School Administrators

Dr. Mark Joraanstad

The Executive Board of the Arizona School Administrators, Inc. (ASA) has selected Dr. Mark Joraanstad to lead ASA beginning in July 2016.

Debra Duvall, the current Executive Director will retire in June after serving ASA for six years.

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Dr. Mark Joraanstad

According to Dr. Debbi Burdick, current President of ASA, “Mark was selected through a rigorous, inclusive process and will do an excellent job as the Executive Director of this organization.   Currently, he serves, as President of the Superintendent’s Division and recently was recognized as one of the three School District Distinguished Superintendents in Arizona.  Dr. Joraanstad is currently the superintendent in Saddle Mountain School District.

Mark’s experience includes teacher, coach, mentor, assistant principal, principal, director and superintendent.  Twenty-three years of administrative experience enables him to understand the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of leaders in many positions.  His strong interpersonal and communication skills will contribute to the collaboration needed to organize ASA events ranging from conferences to legislative advocacy.  This combination of skills, experience and judgment will enable ASA to meet the needs of its members as well as forging new paths with educational supporters, legislators and partners throughout Arizona.”

Joraanstad’s leadership in the “A” rated Saddle Mountain Unified School District has shown his expertise in numerous areas that will be of great help to ASA and its members including increasing student achievement, supporting his staff, students, families and communities and focusing on the mission, vision and goals to make improvements.

Deb Duvall, current Executive Director, shares her thoughts on Mark’s selection as Executive Director. “Mark is a leader with a track record of excellence. His experience at many levels will serve ASA well. Well respected and admired as a visionary leader, collaborator as well as a diligent worker, Mark is the perfect selection to lead this association. I am grateful for my time at ASA and know the association will continue to prosper under Mark’s leadership.