Area Education Agency 267 (AEA 267) is pleased to announce that Roark Horn, currently the superintendent at Hudson Community School District, has been selected as the agency’s new chief administrator. Horn will succeed Dr. Dean Meier, who has been the AEA 267 chief administrator since 2003 when the agency merged from three AEAs (Northern Trails AEA 2, Area Education Agency 6 and Area Education Agency 7) to one.
“My service to school districts in AEA 267 and beyond has truly been everything I was looking for in gaining experience as a school leader,” said Horn. “It has been very rewarding to work with and for the people of Hudson, and I only considered leaving because of this rare and special opportunity. Becoming the chief administrator of AEA 267, an organization so driven by excellence, is a role I’m honored and excited to fill.”
In his new position, Horn will oversee over 1,150 full and part-time staff members who provide special education and school improvement services along with technology support for over 66,000 students and 5,000 educators throughout 18-counties of north central and northeastern Iowa.
“The AEA 267 board of directors tirelessly dedicated themselves to finding a person with the highest skills and integrity for our organization,” said Charlotte Upah, AEA 267 board president. “Roark exemplifies all that we were looking for and more. His insight as a leader among superintendents of AEA 267 will continue to build strong bonds with which to build our relationship with local school districts. The families, educators and students we serve will greatly benefit from his leadership.”
Prior to being hired as the superintendent at Hudson, Horn held positions as Superintendent at Northeast Hamilton Community Schools, Principal at Jesup High School and Language Arts teacher at Jesup. He is in the process of completing his doctorate in education from UNI.
Area Education Agency 267, with service delivery centers in Cedar Falls, Clear Lake, and Marshalltown, is the largest AEA in the state in terms of geography and the number of school districts served. The mission of the agency is to provide educational leadership, services and support to positively impact children, families and educators within the local school districts served.
For more information, visit www.aea267.k12.ia.us