DAVENPORT — The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Board of Directors has announced its selection of a new chief administrator for the agency.
William J. Decker, currently superintendent of the Muscatine Community School District, was selected from six semi-finalist candidates. Decker will succeed Glenn Pelecky, who has been chief administrator at the agency since 1988. Decker will begin his duties July 1.
Upon being selected, Decker commented, “I am looking forward to working with our outstanding AEA staff, each of our school districts, and every public and private school building. We will make it our top priority to improve student success by working together. I am convinced we can accomplish world-class results here in Eastern Iowa by collaborating with each other.”
In the position as chief administrator, Decker will oversee 328 permanent and 154 temporary employees who provide services to more than 53,000 students, including 3,800 educators in 153 buildings throughout the six counties of Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott. The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Board of Directors is confident that their selection of Decker represents a philosophy that aligns with the mission and vision of the agency.
A Sioux City native with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in Orange City and graduate degree and doctoral work at the University of South Dakota, Decker spent 10 years as a teacher, with assignments including special education, alternative school, and talented and gifted. He then worked as a building administrator for six years before serving the last 10 years as a superintendent.
Decker’s superintendent experiences took place in Mount Ayr, Harlan and most recently, in Muscatine. The executive search firm, Ray and Associates Inc., of Cedar Rapids, was retained by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in December 2012 to assist in the search. Ray and Associates Inc., met with the Board of Directors and stakeholder groups to create and finalize a chief administrator’s profile. Individuals who were interviewed for the position, in consideration of the criteria developed by the agency, were selected from 50 completed applications.
The mission of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is to improve teaching and learning for all students through active partnerships and assertive leadership in a climate of mutual respect.