Superintendent Search

Update 4/19/17Dr. Judy Baseman
The Board is pleased to announce Dr. Judy Baseman has been selected as the next superintendent of the Appleton Area School District. Board approval of the new superintendent contract will take place at the scheduled April 24 board meeting. The new superintendent will assume duties July 1st.

Thank you to all of the community members, staff, and parents who engaged in the process.

We congratulate Judy and look forward to supporting her in her new role!

Update 4/12/17

The Board of Education was very impressed with the three candidates who interviewed for the superintendent position on April 11. They have decided to invite all three back for a final round of interviews.

Pending their acceptance of the invites, each candidate will interview on April 18 with committees comprised of community members, district staff and parents, and also with the Board. The Board anticipates making a decision on April 19.

Update 4/5/17
The Board of Education is excited to announce the names of three candidates who will be interviewed by the Board of Education on April 11 for the superintendent position.

After conducting a nationwide search, School Exec Connect presented six high-quality applications for review.

The Board narrowed the field to the following three:

  • Dr. Judith Baseman, Assistant Superintendent, AASD
  • Mr. Ben Vogel, Assistant Superintendent, AASD
  • Dr. Van Truong, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Portland Public Schools

Finalists will move to another round of interviews on April 18 with both community members and the Board of Education interviewing the candidates. The Board anticipates the new superintendent will be selected and announced shortly after.

The new superintendent will begin duties on July 1, 2017.

Superintendent Profile
The New Superintendent Profile will guide us in the selection process. The New Superintendent Profile is based on input from the community regarding the District’s strengths, challenges, and the desired characteristics of the next superintendent. Findings from the survey and community input will be compiled and reported to the Board on March 20 and are available below:

View Report

View Profile

We thank AASD staff, students and the community for their candid feedback through the public survey, focus groups and our community forum.


The Board has selected SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT, an educational search firm, to assist with the superintendent search. The first step in this process is to create a New Superintendent Profile, using information gathered from interviews, focus groups, a community forum and an online survey.

The superintendent position will be advertised and candidates will be recruited from February 27 to March 27, 2017. On April 4, the Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed. The Board will interview four to six recommended candidates on April 11 and will select finalists. Each finalist will be invited for an all-day interview on April 18.

An advisory committee consisting of staff, parents, and community members will conduct interviews. The Board will then conduct the final interviews and select the next superintendent. The new superintendent contract will be approved in late April or early May.

Please feel free to contact the consultants assisting us if you have any questions or comments regarding the search: Dr. Jim Shaw, Dr. Miles Turner, and Dr. Joe Sheehan.

We look forward to your input as we search for a new superintendent to lead the Appleton Area School District.

Kay S. Eggert
Vice President
Board of Education
Appleton Area School District

New Superintendent Search Calendar/Timeline

February 20nd Board hires School Exec Connect to assist with Superintendent Search

February 27th Superintendent Job Posted (Application period closes March 27)

February 27th Online Survey opens. Public input welcome in creating the New Superintendent Profile (Survey available through March 15)

March 14th
Community Forum, 5:30 p.m., Einstein Middle School. Public Welcome

March 15th Online Survey closes

March 20th Findings from the survey and community input are compiled and presented to the Board. Board develops New Superintendent Profile

March 22nd Findings from survey and community input are available to the public

March 27th Job Posting closes
April 4th Consultants recommend candidates to the Board

April 11th
Board conducts first round of interviews

April 18th

Community interview committee conducts candidate interviews and gives input to the Board

April 18th

Board holds second interviews

April 19th
Board selects finalist
April 24th
Board approval of Superintendent contract
July 1st New Superintendent assumes duties

Note: The Board reserves the right to adjust the timeline, if necessary
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