The Nodaway Valley and CAM school boards are pleased to announce the hire of a new shared district superintendent.
Feedback from over 70 stakeholders was considered in closed session after the formal interviews on Thursday, June 6. Feedback about all three final candidates was overall positive and provided clarity that Mr. Paul Croghan had the skills and experience that are needed in districts at this time.
“I am looking forward to learning more about the communities and am excited about all the positive things that were shared with me through this interview process,” Croghan said after accepting the position.
Croghan will transition with current superintendent Dr. Casey Berlau between now and officially starting his contract on July 1.
Croghan currently serves as the shared superintendent of the East Mills and Essex Community School Districts. He has served in this role for the last five years. Prior, he served East Mills as the high school principal and activities director from 2010-2013. He also served as the assistant high school principal and activities director in Atlantic and was Walnut’s high school principal prior to that.
Croghan’s leadership efforts have expanded vocational opportunities for students, improved the financial conditions of both districts and also included multiple facilities improvements. He is also an advocate through the Rural School Advocates of Iowa as the Southwest Iowa District representative.
Croghan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Mercy College. He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University in 2007. His superintendent licensure was issued from Drake as well after completion of his Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.
In his application, Croghan said, “Every day I am thinking of ways to make the educational process better for all students. This commitment is a part of who I am, and I know of only one way to work in education. Since education is all about people, the students, staff, and community; I will do what it takes to make the system successful for student achievement.”
Croghan is married to his wife Brenda. Together they have five children: Kelsey, Kendra, Kassidy, Karsen, and Kegan. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, construction, farming and being in the outdoors. Please welcome Croghan and his family to the districts and communities.