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NACSA Appoints New Executive Director

For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2003

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) today announced the appointment of Mark Cannon as its new executive director.

“Mark comes to us as an accomplished association executive with more than 15 years of senior managerial experience in non-profit and governmental settings in the education and training field,” said NACSA President Greg Richmond. “We are pleased to have attracted someone of Mark’s caliber as NACSA continues its mission of promoting quality charter schools.”

Cannon’s prior association experience includes service as deputy executive director of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and founding executive of the Coalition for Student Loan Reform. Additionally, Cannon has consulted on a range of educational policy matters, including programs of interactive distance learning for childcare professionals, financial aid systems modernization, and select issues relating to the No Child Left Behind Act.

His career also consists of government service at federal, state and county levels, including a brief stint most recently with the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Cannon’s first association post was as director of the National Association of Governmental Labor Officials while he was earning his master’s degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs in 1989. He also earned a B.A. degree from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, in 1986. Cannon's own higher education was partly through the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service professionals.

His work history is also complemented by extensive volunteer experience in the youth development field, mainly through a 23-year association with the experiential education programs of the HI-Y Leadership Center based outside Greater Washington on national forest lands in West Virginia.

“I look forward to helping NACSA better serve the needs of the full range of chartering authorities across the country, whose work is vital to creating greater educational opportunities for students and to serving the needs of parents, educators and community leaders for greater educational accountability of our public schools,” said Cannon.

NACSA is a nonprofit membership association of educational agencies across the country that authorize and oversee charter public schools. Its mission is to promote the establishment and operation of quality charter schools through responsible oversight in the public interest.

Cannon’s appointment is effective immediately. He succeeds Margaret Lin in this post. NACSA also continues to be aided by William Haft, associate director, who served as acting director during the interim period.

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