PSAANS announces appointment of Ford Rice as Interim Executive Director

It is with great confidence that the Board of Directors for the Public School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia (PSAANS), announces the secondment of Mr. Ford Rice, as the interim Executive Director of the Association.

As Executive Director, Mr. Rice will work with a Board of 14 public school administrators to represent the diverse interests and voices of over 800 educational administrators at the school and regional levels. Strong leadership is central to building strong systems and strong schools, where staff and student success are the priorities. Mr. Rice is well positioned to manage the day-to-day activities and provide thoughtful advice related to the priorities of this new association.

Mr. Rice is currently the Regional Executive Director for the Strait Regional Centre for Education and before that was the Superintendent of Schools for the same region, a position he held since 2012. Mr. Rice’s 38-year career in the public education system began as an educator in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, where he served for 31 years. Prior to joining the Strait Region, he served as Chief Executive Officer/Director of Education at the Eastern School District in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Mr. Rice has also worked as a teacher, vice principal, principal, coordinator, and held other senior management positions, which uniquely positions him to fulfill this role.

Tim Simony, Chair of PSAANS, stated, “We are very fortunate to have Mr. Rice in this role. While we build the organization his skills as a planner, a leader, and his attention to detail will serve to establish a strong foundation.”

“I am very pleased to accept this new position and look forward to working with the Board of Directors to focus on the opportunities that this new role presents,” commented Mr. Rice

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