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Two Veteran Superintendents Vie for AASA Presidency

A pair of superintendents in Ohio and California have their eyes on becoming the next president of AASA during an election campaign that kicks off during the association’s 2020 national conference in San Diego.

The two contenders are Paul W. Imhoff, superintendent of the Upper Arlington Schools in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Candace Singh, superintendent of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District in Fallbrook, Calif.

Their campaigns for office will formally begin following approval of their candidacies by the AASA Governing Board at their semi-annual meeting on Feb. 12 in San Diego. 

Imhoff, a member of AASA since 2007, is a current member of the AASA Executive Committee after serving for five years on the AASA Governing Board. Imhoff has led Upper Arlington Schools since 2013. He previously served as superintendent in Mariemont, Ohio, for six years.

His post-secondary education includes three academic degrees: Ed.D., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 2018; M.S., University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 1995; B.S., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1990

Singh, an AASA member since 2011, has been a member of the AASA Executive Committee since 2017. She has led Fallbrook Union Elementary School District since 2011. Singh previously worked as director of instruction in Solana Beach, Calif., for three years.

Her post-secondary education includes these degrees: Ed.D., University of La Verne, La Verne, Calif., 2015; M.S., National University, San Diego, Calif., 1994; and B.S., San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif., 1989.

The candidates deliver their first public speeches at the AASA national conference’s 2nd General Session on Feb. 14, and voting opens at that time with ballots being sent by e-mail to all members by the end of the day. Members may vote on any device – cell phone, tablet, desktop or laptop. Members without e-mail addresses will be mailed paper ballots.

The election ends on March 6, and results will be announced by AASA on March 9. The victor assumes office as president-elect on July 1 and takes over the presidency one year later.

An open forum involving the candidates during the AASA conference is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 14 in Room 3.

(Jay P. Goldman is editor of AASA’s Conference Daily Online and School Administrator magazine.)

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