Dr. James Hoffman Named Interim Executive Director of CASDA

October 30, 2017

The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), a non-profit education association at the University at Albany School of Education, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Hoffman as Interim Executive Director, following the retirement of Dr. James Butterworth who has served in the position since 2010. Dr. Hoffman has agreed to serve for one year while the CASDA Executive Committee conducts a thorough Executive search for the next long-term director.

“We are excited to bring Dr. Hoffman aboard to lead CASDA at this juncture,” said Laurence Spring, chair of the CASDA Executive Committee and superintendent of the Schenectady City School District. “Jim is a widely respected retired superintendent and longtime member of the CASDA Executive Committee.  I can’t think of a better person to help us as we select the next Executive Director.”


Entering his 40th year in the field of education, Dr. Hoffman joins CASDA following his retirement in June of 2017 after serving five years as Superintendent of Schools in the Averill Park Central School District. His experience in education extends to his time working with K-12 students as a teacher and administrator.


A graduate of the College of New Jersey and Rutgers University, Dr. Hoffman moved to New York in 1996 when he accepted the position as middle school principal in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District.  Following that, he served as Assistant Superintendent in the Greater Amsterdam School District and Superintendent of Schools in the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District before moving to Averill Park.  The range of districts in which he has served has provided him experience in the challenges of working in urban, suburban and rural school communities.


Dr. Hoffman has also taught as an adjunct instructor for close to 10 years for Rutgers University, The University at Albany, and Empire State College.  His area of expertise in these courses was school-community relations.  In the area of organizational effectiveness, Dr. Hoffman has been published in national and international journals, as well as co-author on a book focused on middle school effectiveness.


“I am very proud to be able to assist CASDA as it transitions from the leadership of Dr. Butterworth to CASDA's next leader,” said Dr. Hoffman. “Under Dr. Butterworth's leadership, this organization has grown tremendously, and now has a strong organizational as well as financial base. My profound respect for the organization and its mission is what led me to want to assist as it moves into the future.”


A search by the CASDA Executive Committee for a permanent Executive Director will begin shortly.

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