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Thomas L. Rogers, Executive Director 2003

An education policy aide to the State Senate majority leader for six years, Thomas L. Rogers assumed leadership of The Council's advocacy efforts in 1996 and in 2003, succeeded Bob Loretan as Executive Director.

Responding to increasing challenges and expectations, and dramatic turnover due to retirement, The Council launched its own in-house legal service, began a year-long program for new superintendents, and offered “cabinet membership” to serve the leaders who support superintendents now, and who may someday succeed them.

To develop new revenue opportunities, The Council launched its own professional development foundation, Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, Inc. (LEAF, Inc.). On the advocacy front, we began a multi-year campaign – Education is a Civil Right –to assure that the policy influence of superintendents matches the pivotal role they play in ensuring quality educational opportunities for all school children. We also celebrated The Council's 125th Anniversary with a year-long celebration that commenced at the Fall Leadership Summit's Annual Banquet; setting record attendance.

To staff these initiatives, the organization had grown to 13 full-time and two part-time staff members with a budget of $2.3 million.

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