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The Council's Advocacy Team

  • Charles S. Dedrick, Ed.D.
    Executive Director or 518.449.1063

    Dr. Charles "Chuck" Dedrick is the Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, a statewide professional association for chief school officers. He began leading The Council on July 1, 2016.The Council develops excellence in educational leadership, advocates for high-quality services to children and promotes the importance of leadership in improving public education.

    Dr. Dedrick is recognized throughout New York State and on a national level as an outstanding educational leader. He has a strong working relationship with the New York State Legislature, New York State Education Department's Board of Regents, the Governor's office and the Commissioner of Education and is a strong advocate for children. 

    Previously, Chuck was a district superintendent of the Capital Region BOCES and served as superintendent of Cohoes City and Green Island UFSD. Chuck earned a B.S. degree at Excelsior College and two Master's degrees from the University at Albany. In 2009, he was awarded a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from The College of St. Rose, and Russell Sage. 

  • Robert N. Lowry, Jr.
    Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication or 518.435.5996

    Bob Lowry joined the New York State Council of School Superintendents in June 2002 after nearly 20 years of experience in education policy. He currently serves as The Council’s Deputy Director. Previously, Bob worked at New York State United Teachers, most recently as Manager of School Finance and Policy Development.

    Earlier, Bob served a total of five years as the state Assembly’s principal school aid analyst and negotiator, working for the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Bob also served as Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Education and the Arts during Mario Cuomo’s last three years in office (1991 to 1994). He began his public service career as the Speaker’s program analyst for the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

    Bob is a native of Niagara Falls, NY and graduate of that city’s public schools. He received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from State University at Buffalo and a Master of Public Administration degree from the State University at Albany.

  • Greg S. Berck
    Assistant Director for Governmental Relations & Assistant Counsel or 518.694.4874

    Greg joined the New York State Council of School Superintendents in November 2016 as Assistant Director for Governmental Relations and Assistant Counsel. Greg comes from the New York State School Boards Association where he served as the Governmental Relations Counsel engaging in lobbying, bill interpretation, and bill drafting.

  • Prior to his work for the school boards association, Greg worked for the State Assembly in a variety of capacities for nearly five years, and most recently as the Associate Counsel for the Committees on Education, Higher Education, and Libraries for the majority conference. He has spent his  post law school career working on education issues in the political arena.

    During his time at the legislature, Greg negotiated state budget bills and worked with committee chairs to advance the Assembly's objectives. Greg left the Assembly after negotiations on the “Education Transformation Act” culminated.

    He received a B.A. in both economics and political science from the University of Vermont. He earned a J.D. and Master of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. Greg is admitted to the bar in New York. He was raised in Roslyn on Long Island and lives in the Village of Menands with his family.