Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Dr. Susie Meade selected as new PLAEA Chief Administrator

January 29, 2020

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Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency Board of Directors has selected Dr. Susie Meade as its next Chief Administrator.

In her new role, Dr. Meade will support the agency’s 247 full and part-time employees who provide special education and school improvement services in 14 counties across north central Iowa. These counties include 38 public school districts and 11 state accredited non-public schools with a combined enrollment of almost 32,000 students. The agency also provides services for children from birth-age 3 and their families.

"My entire career has been focused on helping students learn at high levels," Meade said. "I'm honored to continue this effort by working with the dedicated staff at Prairie Lakes AEA. Serving students, families, districts and communities through the AEA will provide a unique opportunity to positively impact even more students and districts. I’m excited to begin working in an organization known for quality people and programs.” 

Meade has been the superintendent at Winterset Community School District since 2012. She brings experience in school leadership positions, including assistant superintendent and principal. Meade also served as a special education teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree in Special Education from Mankato State University. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Iowa State University, and has National Superintendent Certification through the American Association of School Administrators.

"We were committed to finding a person with the experience, skills, and vision to lead our Agency into the future," said Sue Brown, Prairie Lakes AEA Board President. "Dr. Meade is highly respected for her commitment and passion for education. The families, educators, and students served by Prairie Lakes AEA will benefit from her leadership."

The Prairie Lakes AEA Board began its search for a new chief administrator after Jeff Herzberg announced his resignation effective June 2020. Herzberg, who has served as the Chief Administrator since 2010, plans to return to the classroom as a teacher/coach.

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