Pugliese Elected AFSA President

Longtime Newark educator and AFSA Executive Vice President Leonard Pugliese, Ed.D., was elected president of the union July 23 by the 300-plus delegates attending the 16th Triennial Constitutional Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“When you have all the tools to accomplish your goals, the children, families and communities you serve will be the real winners,” he said as he accepted the top role for the American Federation of School Administrators. “We’re here to help children learn and be successful in life—to build more inclusive, functioning communities leading to a better, stronger nation.” 

Dr. Pugliese’s passion for his profession is evident through his career accomplishments, and that passion echoed throughout his acceptance speech. His goal as president is to help union members be successful at their jobs, while keeping their focus set on helping children prosper and become the leaders of tomorrow. 

Delegates also elected Pugliese’s successor and the union’s secretary-treasurer, along with fifteen general vice presidents, who make up AFSA’s General Executive Board.