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Middle States Association Appoints Seven New Commissioners

By October 18, 2016December 30th, 2021No Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) today announced the appointment of the following seven new Commissioners:

William Crist, Syracuse, N.Y. – Crist is the superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y. He previously served as interim Superintendent of the Massena Central School District in Massena, N.Y. and superintendent of the Oswego City School District in Oswego, N.Y.

Gene Freeman, Ed.D., Pittsburgh, Pa. – Freeman serves as superintendent of the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh., Pa. He is the former superintendent of Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, Pa.

Robin Heslip, Ed.D., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Heslip is the superintendent of the American Community Schools in Abu Dhabi. She began her teaching career in Wisconsin and has worked in schools on six continents, including the American International School of Zagreb, Rabat American School, and the American School of Kinshasa.

James Kraft, Ed.D., Leesport, Pa. – Kraft is the administrative director for The Berks Career and Technology Center in Leesport, Pa., where he previously served as principal.

Sr. Maureen McDermott, Ph.D., Philadelphia, Pa. – McDermott serves as superintendent of secondary schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Prior to her position as superintendent, she was principal of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downington, Pa.

Janasee Sinclair, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – Sinclair is principal at St. Croix Central High School in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and is actively involved with the National Principals Leadership Institute.

William Stevens, Wilmington, Del. – Stevens is headmaster at Wilmington Christian School in Wilmington, Del. He previously served as educational consultant for the Association of Christian Schools International.

About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
Based in Philadelphia, Pa., the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, we have been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 accredited schools and school systems in 34 states and nearly 100 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of the 21st century and improve educational opportunities for all children. For more information about MSA-CESS visit

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