Randy Dorn, the schools superintendent in Washington state, announced last week that he will not seek a third term in office.
In his announcement, Dorn criticized the state legislature for failing to act to finance public education, and the court for not following through with forceful punishments against the legislature.
Before being elected superintendent in 2008, he was the executive director of the Public School Employees of Washington and was an elementary and middle school teacher, a principal, and a state lawmaker.
Susan Hardy Brooks, a vice president at Schnake Turnbo Frank, a regional public relations and management-consulting firm in Oklahoma, has become the president of the National School Public Relations Association for 2015-16. She assumed office Oct. 1.
She has more than 35 years of experience as a school PR professional. Brooks also serves as the president of Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and previously served on the board of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Schools.
A version of this article appeared in the October 28, 2015 edition of Education Week as Transitions