National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Announces Staff Additions and Changes


CLEMSON, SC—The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), located at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, has named Dr. Howard (Sandy) Addis as its new Associate Director, effective May 1, 2013. Dr. Addis joins NDPC/N with a wealth of educational leadership experience in public education where he has served as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, principal, system-level, and most recently as director of Pioneer Regional Educational Service Agency, serving 14 school systems across northeastern Georgia. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to contribute to the work of NDPC/N,” said Addis. “Throughout my career, I’ve seen students, schools, school districts, and whole states benefit from the research and services of NDPC/N. It is a pleasure to now be a part of that work.”

NDPC/N also named two new Assistant Directors in February: Mr. John Gailer and Ms. Cairen Withington. Mr. Gailer has been at NDPC/N since 2011 as Program Coordinator where his prior experience in marketing and outreach has been invaluable. He has been promoted to Assistant Director of Programs and Outreach, effective immediately. Ms. Withington has been at NDPC/N since 2006, primarily involved in research and dissemination. She has also been instrumental in initiating an internal evaluation system for programs and services as well as in assistance with communications. Ms. Withington has been promoted to Assistant Academic Director of Research, Evaluation, and Public Relations.

Executive Director, Dr. Beth P. Reynolds commented, “I cannot begin to express how excited we all are to have these three leaders at the National Dropout Prevention Center. Each of them brings incredible experience and insight that already is helping to advance the mission and vision of our organization. Everyone who works here is deeply committed to our mission. We welcome Sandy to the NDPC/N team and are delighted for both John and Cairen as they begin functioning in their new roles.”

About NDPC/N: For over 25 years, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) has served as a clearinghouse on issues and solutions related to dropout prevention. NDPC/N leverages its deep research, evaluation, professional learning, and customized outreach experience to tailor solutions focused on increasing the graduation rate in America’s schools. The research arm of our organization—the Center—conducts research and evaluation studies related to dropout prevention and disseminates findings. Network outreach activities include third-party evaluations, publications, customized support, and national and regional conferences attracting participants from every state in the nation (link for more information on NDPC/N conferences and events).

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