Area Education Agency 267 (AEA 267) is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Sullivan, currently associate clinical professor at the University of Iowa, has been selected as the agency’s new assistant chief administrator/director of personnel. Sullivan will succeed Dr. Ralph Bartelt, who has been the AEA 267 assistant 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.
“I was interested in this position because of the amazing opportunity and challenge,” said Sullivan. “With my background in K-12 administration and higher education, I believe I can bring knowledge and skills to assist in the collaboration among all educational institutions locally and statewide.”
In her new position, Sullivan will direct the human resources management of 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. She will also provide leadership in the area of AEA accreditation, organizational/operational effectiveness and continuous improvement.
“Selecting the right people for both the chief administrator and assistant chief administrator positions is among the most important work we will do as a board,” said Charlotte Upah, AEA 267 board president. “Dr. Sullivan is a wonderful compliment to our agency team and has an amazing amount of talent and experience.” Upah also praised the work of AEA 267 chief administrator-elect Roark Horn, for his leadership in the search.
Prior to taking the position as associate clinical professor at the University of Iowa, Sullivan served as associate superintendent at Ankeny Community School District and superintendent at Norwalk Community School District. She has also served as a principal, gifted and talented director, special education coordinator, technology coordinator, and teacher.
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.