Dr. Vivian Abboud was announced as the new CEO for the Alberta School Boards Association following a five-month long search after the previous CEO and two board members abruptly resigned in June. Photo submitted

Dr. Vivian Abboud was announced as the new CEO for the Alberta School Boards Association following a five-month long search after the previous CEO and two board members abruptly resigned in June. Photo submitted

ASBA hires new CEO following lengthy five month search

Organization representing school boards hoping new leadership will push group forward

Several months after alleged conflict inside the organization, the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) has some new leadership.

Effective Dec. 3, the ASBA will have Dr. Vivan Abboud managing the organization as CEO following a lengthy hiring process.

Dr. Abboud brings with her an extensive list of educational experience and qualifications including a doctorate in educational policy and governance from Simon Fraser University in B.C. along with seven years as teacher in Edmonton’s public school system and 15 years in multiple posts within Alberta Education. She is also multi-lingual and has focused her learning on leadership and bilingualism.

In June, Suzanne Polkosnik resigned as CEO alongside Mary Martin and Darcy Eddleston as president and vice-president — who are school trustees from the Calgary Catholic and Buffalo Trail (Wainwright) school divisions respectively.

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Three abruptly quit following controversy within the ASBA’s over its analysis of school division superintendent salaries becoming public and the proposed establishment of a $2 million contingency fund in case the province decided to eliminate school boards.

However, all three stated at the time neither of the controversies were the reason for their resignations.

ASBA president and Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) trustee Lorrie Jess stated the board is thrilled to have someone with such a wealth of expertise on board.

“Vivian Abboud has a proven record of creating sustainable and productive networks in the field of education. She realizes the value in a strong, provincial association, responsive to school boards in their learning and governance needs,” said Jess in a statement.

“Under Vivian’s guidance, members of the Alberta School Boards Association will be supported effectively in their ambassadorship and leadership in Alberta’s education system. The ASBA Board of Directors is proud of its choice for CEO, and is eager to work with Vivian in moving forward ASBA’s mission, vision and strategic plan.”

Jess added that Abboud looks forward to creating new synergies for the organization and raising the ASBA’s profile.



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