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Deb Delisle

Deb Delisle

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2016 Samuel I. Hicks Executive in Residence announced


The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is sincerely pleased to announce Deborah Delisle as the 2016 recipient of the Hicks Executive in Residence at The Patton College of Education at Ohio University.

Delisle is executive director of ASCD, an international organization with 130,000 members across 28 countries whose primary mission is to provide high quality products, services, and professional development to educators.

She will be presenting a public lecture, “Leadership for a New Generation of Learners” on Tuesday, April 26 at Athens High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be served and all Athens area educators and community members are invited to attend.

The Hicks Executive in Residence Program is named for Emeritus Professor Samuel Hicks who provided an endowment to Ohio University in order to attract outstanding educational executives and leaders to the Ohio University Campus each year.

The program, a forum for recognizing and honoring outstanding leaders of America’s educational institutions, has been carried out annually in the spring of each year since its beginning in 1976. The 39 Executives in Residence have been leaders drawn from both the national scene and from Ohio.

Among others, the list includes past graduates of the Ohio University program in educational administration, Ohio superintendents of Public Instruction, directors of National Administrator Associations, CEO’s of National Foundations, nationally prominent school superintendents, administrators in the US Office of Education and well-known authors and educational researchers.

Delisle is extremely qualified to receive this award. Having completed a 40-year career in education, she has served as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, superintendent, state superintendent, and university instructor.

She was nominated as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education by President Obama in January 2012, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2012, and served in that position until 2015. As an assistant secretary of education, she played a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting Pre-K, elementary, and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education and oversaw 86 programs with a portfolio of almost 26 billion dollars. She coordinated and recommended policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies in improving the achievement of preschool, elementary and secondary school students.

Prior to her role at the Department of Education, Delisle was a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education with a deep interest in educator performance systems and creating transformative cultures in schools and districts to support educators, students, and their families.

From 2008 to 2011, she served as Ohio's 35th state superintendent of public instruction and from 2003 to 2008 was the superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) City School District.