FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 16, 2006
Named New Assistant
"This is a key appointment. We conducted a
major search that attracted the top people in the world of
school finance, all of whom were put through a rigorous
selection process...John Powell...is totally familiar with
finance, in general, and with the financial issues in Nassau
County, in particular."
-- Dr. Ronald Friedman, Superintendent of
- At the June 5, 2006, meeting of the Board of Education, the
appointment of John T. Powell as assistant superintendent for
business of the Great Neck Public Schools, effective September 15,
2006, was unanimously approved by the Board. Mr. Powell will
replace Edwin (Ed) Groshans, deputy superintendent, who will be
leaving the district in September after a span of almost 40 years.
Dr. Ronald Friedman, superintendent of schools, provided some
background information and introduced Mr. Powell.
Dr. Friedman stated, "This is a key appointment. We conducted a
major search that attracted the top people in the world of school
finance, all of whom were put through a rigorous selection
process. Our choice, John Powell, is currently assistant
superintendent for business and finance in the Garden City Public
Schools. He has also held significant positions in the city of
White Plains, where he was commissioner of finance, and in the
Sachem Public Schools, where he was assistant to the
superintendent for business. In addition, Mr. Powell is a
certified public accountant. He is totally familiar with finance,
in general, and with the financial issues in Nassau County, in
Board of Education President Lawrence Gross added that it was
important to note that Ed Groshans was an integral part of the
Selection Committee and the selection process.
Mr. Groshans, commenting on the appointment, said, "I have known
John Powell for some 16 years, as members of the North Shore
Quadrant of school business administrators. John has always taken
leadership roles. He is an excellent replacement for me."
Board of Education Vice President Judi Bosworth said, "With Ed
Groshans, we had the gold standard in business administration. We
knew we didn't have to worry because of Ed's great integrity and
expertise. Now, we will have the same confidence in John Powell
and we are pleased with his selection."
For 16 years, Mr. Powell has been engaged in business and finance
in education for three school districts. In addition to his
assistant superintendencies in Garden City and Sachem, he was
district treasurer and head accountant in the Roosevelt Public
Schools. Dr. Stephen I. Leitman, former superintendent of the
Garden City Public Schools, said, "John Powell has tremendous
integrity, a great work ethic, and is one of the most decent human
beings I have ever encountered. He has a broad knowledge of his
field. He is a gem, someone very special."
In addition to his certification as a public accountant, Mr.
Powell is a certified public finance officer, a certified
government financial manager, and a certified school district
administrator. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in
educational administration from Hofstra University and a Master in
Business Administration in accounting and a Bachelor in Business
Administration in management, magna cum laude, from Adelphi
University. He was elected to membership in Delta Mu Delta, the
national honor society in business administration, and Delta Tau
Alpha, the honor society of Adelphi University.
In the private sector, Mr. Powell was an internal auditor for the
Culbro Corporation and a staff accountant for Arthur Andersen
& Company. On a voluntary basis, he has provided income-tax
assistance to elderly and low-income individuals and currently
serves as treasurer for the White Plains Community Health Fair,
Inc., a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to promote
good health generally, with particular emphasis on the needs of
lower-income members of society.
About coming to Great Neck, Mr. Powell said, "I am looking forward
to joining the administrative team of the Great Neck Public
Schools. The district's record of excellence is well known
throughout the area and I am grateful for this opportunity. I am
hoping for a long and successful career serving the communities
that make up the school district."