ABOUT THE COUNCIL
Robert Loretan, Executive Director 1996
All told, at the end of James O'Connell's tenure he handed to Robert Loretan a Council that had grown to five full time staff and was a player on the national map.
Robert Loretan took the reigns as Executive Director in August of 1996. He had been a career superintendent in both Massachusetts and New York, his last as the District Superintendent of the Erie I BOCES. Loretan built and traded on the relationships created by O’Connell and Bennett to turn the conference trade show into a corporate support program. He also persuaded the membership to enact a dues increase. Together, these initiatives underwrote many of the later accomplishments of his tenure.
Under Robert Loretan's leadership, The Council hired the education law firm of Girvin and Ferlazzo to review and negotiate the contract of every superintendent in the state without charge. In 2007, The Council expanded the legal service bringing it in-house. Our teams of staff attorneys work directly with members negotiating contract, ensuring enforcement and providing professional development.
In 1999, The Council forged a partnership with the Association of School Business Officials to purchase its first permanent home on Elk Street in Albany.
Two more staff members were added to enhance both professional development and advocacy. The Council's publications were revamped to reflect the growing stature of the organization and electronic means of communicating were created. The national influence was maintained as three New Yorkers successively held seats on the AASA Executive Committee.
When Loretan announced his departure in 2002, he had increased The Council's budget (from $750,000 to $1.2 million) and staff (from 5 to 7). The two annual conferences boasted attendance of nearly 900 persons each.