Washington administrators elect Enumclaw Supertindent Michael Nelson to association presidency in 2013

The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) is pleased to announce members have elected Michael Nelson, superintendent of Enumclaw School District, as president-elect for 2012–13. Nelson will assume the presidency in July 2013, following the term of the current president, Dr. Paul Sturm, superintendent of Pullman School District.

Nelson has been an active member of WASA and has served in a variety of association positions, including serving as WASA’s Region 110 president in 2011–12.

When notified of the election results, Nelson said:

“I am both humbled and honored to serve our membership as WASA president-elect. This is a time of great change in public education in our state and nation. I look forward to leading collaboratively among all our members and facilitating partnerships with other agencies and organizations around a united vision to improve student learning, influence decision-makers on education issues, and develop leadership capacity in Washington State.”

As president, Nelson’s goals are to ignite a passion among all WASA members to:

Create an unwavering focus on leading staff to improve student achievement.

Advocate and influence decision-makers on both funding and instructional initiatives at the state and national levels.

Collaborate and partner with organizations to unite efforts in meeting our mission.Celebrate and promote the great work of educators across our state.

Nelson started his career in 1985 as a teacher for Orting School District. He went on to become an assistant principal for Sumner School District in 1992, a principal in 1993 for Federal Way Public Schools, and a director of curriculum for Federal Way in 1997. In 1999, his career took him to Enumclaw School District, where he became an assistant superintendent. Since 2007, Nelson has been the superintendent of Enumclaw School District.

Nelson received his Superintendent Credential from Seattle Pacific University in 2005, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration in 1987 from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Pacific Lutheran University in 1985.

About the Washington Association of School Administrators

The Washington Association of School Administrators ( is committed to the development of quality education through professional leadership. Members benefit from a supportive community of professional leaders working to provide insightful and valuable training, support, and resources to education leaders, and to sustain a positive impact on legislative and community leaders. With more than 1,100 members, membership is open to all education administrators in central office, building management, and educational agency positions. A not-for-profit organization, WASA is funded by membership dues and association events.

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