Executive Director Search
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2019
Cheri Wrench Named as next Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards
DENVER — The Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Cheri Wrench as Executive Director effective following its next Board of Directors meeting. Wrench currently holds the position of Executive Director of Access, Competency and Engagement (ACE) in Denver Public Schools.
“After a comprehensive national search and thorough candidate interviews, the CASB Board of Directors unanimously agree that Ms. Wrench is the right person to lead the organization and capitalize on the opportunity to nimbly serve school boards with innovative programs and services,” said Kathy Gebhardt, CASB President. “The Board took a thoughtful approach that our members, staff and partners expected and deserved.”
Wrench has in-depth experience in education, as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and for the last six years leading teams with 450+ employees and a budget of $29 million encompassing Academic Portals, Competency Based Learning, Educational Technology and Library Services, and Extended Learning and Community Schools. She has a proven track record of building effective systems and structures to support students, teachers and school leaders.
Wrench will succeed CASB Executive Director Ken DeLay who is retiring after leading the organization for the past twenty years. DeLay is only the third full-time executive director of CASB since the Association’s founding in 1941. He has written and spoken frequently on education and fiscal issues, worked with individual boards, and has been a leading voice in the debates that have shaped Colorado education in the 21st Century.
Based on her experience, passion and skills, Wrench will continue to build on the strong traditions and integrity of CASB. "I am so honored and excited to lead a visionary organization that supports school boards across the state of Colorado,” said Wrench. “I will use my extensive leadership and background in education and finance, combined with my passion for public education, to advance the work of CASB. I know the importance of advocacy and how educational policy directly impacts the success of our students in the classroom. I want to leverage this knowledge to advance excellence in public education by supporting our locally elected school boards."
“I’m looking forward to our membership getting to know her,” said Monica Peloso, CASB President-elect and Chair of the Search Committee. “The more they know of her, the more they will admire her and appreciate the broad range of experience and expertise she brings to CASB.”
CASB is the only statewide organization that advocates for school board leadership in Colorado. It works to promote the interests and welfare of Colorado’s 178 school districts. CASB uses its expertise and collective state presence to provide cost-effective services and information to enable locally elected boards of education to operate efficiently and effectively in an increasingly complex and resource-challenged environment.
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CASB is a Colorado nonprofit organization whose members consist of local boards of education throughout Colorado and whose mission is to advance excellence in public education through effective leadership by locally elected boards of education. CASB represents and advocates for more than 1,000 school board members and superintendents statewide.
CASB Board President
CASB Board President-elect
The Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) was established to provide a structure through which school board members could unite in their efforts to promote the interests and welfare of Colorado’s 178 school districts. CASB represents and advocates for more than 1,000 school board members and superintendents statewide to groups both within and outside the K–12 education community.
CASB seeks an experienced leader who is passionate about public education. This individual will be a tireless advocate for the work of school boards in every corner of Colorado. This person will elevate voices of diverse communities across our state and facilitate dialog regarding how advocacy, policy and regulations impact the success of all students. The successful candidate has the listening, consensus building and advocacy skills of a seasoned negotiator and enjoys collaborating with individuals who represent diverse perspectives. This energetic person is future focused and understands 21st century advocacy and movement making.
This individual will demonstrate Executive Director or equivalent leadership experience gained over a career of progressive management experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic and/or government sectors. This executive has experience mobilizing talent to support organizational impact and outcomes. The ideal candidate enjoys solving complex problems, is a life-long learner and is driven by the opportunities represented by public education. At a minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is expected. A degree at the graduate level is preferred.
To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction on or before March 25, 2019, to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at http://ww2.kittlemansearch.com/Jobs.
For more information about the Colorado Association of School Boards, visit www.casb.org.
The Colorado Association of School Boards is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.
October 22, 2018
This past summer, Ken Delay announced his plan to retire from his post as the CASB executive director on July 31, 2019. His announcement to the CASB membership is attached below. At the September 21 meeting of the CASB Board of Directors, the board approved a plan and timeline for selecting his successor as executive director of CASB. A summary of that plan and timeline is set forth below:
- During each of the Fall Regional meetings, independent consultants conducted focus group discussions around the next executive director and future CASB challenges. These focus groups have been completed and the results will be presented to the CASB Board in December.
- Following the September board meeting, President Paul Reich appointed a search subcommittee from the board.These appointments have been made and the work of the search subcommittee has begun.
- The search subcommittee has developed and posted an RFP for possible search firms. The search subcommittee will bring to the full board at its December 5 meeting, a recommendation for the appointment of a search firm to conduct the search for a new executive director. A copy of the RFP is attached.
- The board will select a search firm at its December 5, 2018, meeting.
- Following the December 5 board meeting and before the annual retreat for the board of directors scheduled for February 1-3, 2019, the search firm will conduct interviews, surveys and focus groups with CASB members, other associations and their leadership, and other groups or individuals which the board and its search subcommittee believe may have insights or information which will be important for the board to consider when it develops the profile it seeks in the next executive director.
- All information from focus groups, surveys, and interviews will be presented to the board at its retreat on February 1-3, 2019. The search firm will facilitate a discussion with the board of directors to develop a profile and description of the next executive director.
- Following the board’s retreat, and based on the decisions by the board of directors at its retreat, the position and a description of the qualifications and qualities sought for the next executive director will be posted and the time for applications will be opened.
- Following the close of the time for applications to be submitted, and before the CASB board meeting on March 15, 2019, the search subcommittee in consultation with the search firm shall review all applications and identify 6-10 candidates to present to the full board for review. The board will identify no more than seven candidates to be considered as possible finalists.
- Following the March 15-16, 2019, board meeting, the search subcommittee shall interview all the candidates the board has determined should be considered as possible finalists. Following these interviews, the search subcommittee shall identify the finalists for the position of the next CASB executive director.
- At a special meeting of the board of directors, the full board will interview each of the finalists. Following the interviews, the board will determine whom it wishes to appoint as the next executive director. Contract negotiations shall be conducted as directed by the board.
- At its June 21-22, 2019, regular board meeting, the board shall approve a contract for the next executive director.
Colorado Association of School Boards
Executive Director Search
Request for Proposals
The Colorado Association of School Boards (“CASB”) seeks an executive search firm to conduct a search for an executive director/chief executive officer.
CASB represents and advocates for more than 1,000 school board members and superintendents statewide to groups both within and outside the K–12 education community. CASB provides services, information and training programs to support school board members as they govern their local districts. Membership benefits and solutions are designed to enhance school board effectiveness and help board members increase their knowledge, boost their efficiency and connect with their communities.
CASB also cultivates relationships with dozens of governing bodies and other education stakeholders — at both the state and national level — to ensure a unified and effective voice and presence on behalf of its members. The association is guided and governed by a 22-member board of directors comprised of school board member representing 12 CASB regions across the state.
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (ED/CEO)
The ED/CEO is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors. The ED/CEO leads CASB’s internal programs supporting local school boards through programs such as: board training, legal advice, and board policy recommendations; and, its external programs, including: advocacy work with state and national policy makers and administrators, building effective coalitions, and consistently promoting a positive vision of public education. The ED/CEO manages CASB’s staff and ensures its financial well-being.
Anticipated Search Timeline
- October 22-31 -- RFP open
- November 5-14 -- interview of prospective search firms
- December 5 -- selection of search firm
- December 10 -- negotiate and sign contract with search firm
- December 11 to January 25 -- search firm interviews of stakeholders (CEA, CASE, CDE, CASB staff & board, etc.)
- February 2 -- search firm meets with board at the CASB Annual Retreat
- February 8 -- search firm presents draft candidate profile
- February 12-March 5 -- ED/CEO search open
- March 5 -- search closes
- March 15 -- semi-finalists selected by search committee
- March 22 -- finalist selected by the CASB board
- May 1 -- final candidate selected
July 26, 2018
A letter from our executive director
To all CASB members,
July 2019 will mark my 20th anniversary as the executive director for the Colorado Association of School Boards. During this time, I have shared in the privilege of leading a truly special association. CASB is one of the premier education leadership organizations in Colorado representing one of the last bastions of local democracy - school boards. Over the past 19 years, CASB has shaped, often significantly, every major policy debate affecting public education in Colorado. In the CASB back office, the great CASB team has also tirelessly labored to make sure school boards have ready access to good lawyers, up to date policies, a top shelf lobbyist, and just plain good advice.
After 20 years, however, I believe it is time for a change. Next summer it is my intention to hand over the reins of leadership to a new executive director. Over the next several months, the CASB board of directors will announce the process to find my successor. That process will not include me, but it will create an opportunity for CASB members to weigh in on CASB's future.
Education remains an industry in the midst of a tremendous change. New technologies, enhanced federal and state roles, and higher and broader expectations for student achievement have dramatically changed public schools over the last three decades. The next executive director at CASB will take up the challenge of leading school boards through the future these changes are creating.
Kenneth A. DeLay