On Nov. 16, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) will have a new leader: Long-time ed-tech industry executive Douglas Levin will take the reins from current SETDA Executive Director Mary Ann Wolf–and with challenges ranging from state funding shortages to the formation of a new national broadband plan, he’ll have his work cut out for him.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve, support, and represent state educational technology directors at the national level,” said Levin. “SETDA is well-positioned to expand its leadership in the greater educational community at this pivotal moment in education. I look forward to working with our members, my colleagues, and existing and new partners to ensure that our students, teachers, and schools have the capacity and tools they need to deliver on the American promise of a complete and competitive education from cradle to career.”
Levin added that he has great respect for Wolf and her predecessor, Melinda George, and the work they have done to take SETDA to where it is now. “I know I am taking the helm of a very positive organization already on a terrific trajectory,” he said.
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the principal association representing state ed-tech directors. It holds an annual Leadership Summit for members in Washington, D.C., and produces numerous research reports highlighting how states are leveraging technology to improve student achievement.
Wolf said it was time to pull back a little to spend more time with her family.
“I have decided to leave SETDA, and it was perhaps the toughest decision I have ever made. … I will continue to be involved in education and [ed tech] through consulting, and I will focus heavily on how technology can help to streamline service delivery and make a critical impact on students and teachers,” she said. “I will be able to continue working with SETDA through the transition, and [I] know that the organization will continue to grow and accomplish great things for its members and the education community.”
When asked what she thought was her greatest accomplishment as SETDA’s executive director, Wolf cited how the organization and its members have grown to play a crucial role in national discussions about education–and especially the importance of technology in ensuring students are prepared for the 21st-century economy.