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CASDA names Timothy Backus as new Executive Director


The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), a non-profit organization serving as a collaborative planning, research and development organization for member schools, is excited to announce the appointment of Timothy Backus as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2024.


Backus joins CASDA following the retirement of Michael Piccirillo, Ed.D, who held the role of Executive Director since 2018. Piccirillo will continue to support the organization during the transition period.


“It has been a privilege to serve CASDA as Executive Director and I am confident that Tim will continue to lead the organization as it serves the ever-changing needs of our member districts,” said Piccrillo. “Tim has a dynamic vision, strong leadership background, and a genuine commitment to CASDA’s mission.”


Backus announced his retirement from the South Colonie Central School District in December, where he served as the Deputy Superintendent. He first joined the district in 1989 as a social student teacher and throughout his career held various positions including Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Department Chair of Social Studies, Assistant Principal at Colonie Central High School and Curriculum Supervisor.


"Tim is a compassionate leader who is an expert in bringing stakeholders together for the common goal of an organization,” said Andrew Kourt, Superintendent at New Lebanon CSD and current Chair of the CASDA Executive Committee. “He has a reputation of success as an educational leader and has collaborated with numerous academic organizations throughout our region. Tim has the skills and qualities needed to continue and enhance CASDA's tradition of bringing professional development and support to area school districts and private schools throughout the Capital Region."


Backus has previously served on CASDA’s Greater Capital Region Principal Center’s Board. Additionally, he served on the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center Policy Board and chaired the University at Albany’s Academy for the Advancement of Teaching, Learning and Schools Advisory Board.


“I am very excited to continue my educational career with CASDA and be able to serve a broader educational community,” said Backus. “I look forward to helping to foster CASDA's excellent reputation in supporting students, teachers and school districts.”

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