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Oregon Association of School Executives

About Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE)

The Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) serves licensed school administrators who are directly responsible to a board of education; who serve as superintendents, or as a deputy, associate, area or assistant superintendent; and who are district level directors in personnel, business management or collective bargaining.  OASE includes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and deputies or assistants to that office.

The purpose of the executive committee is to serve members in a continuous effort to improve education and educational administration through striving:

  • to exercise leadership in promoting the best interests of all education;
  • to improve educational programs through studies of problems and developments in areas selected by its membership;
  • to direct and sponsor in-service programs and activities designed to improve the effectiveness of its members in performing their various roles as administrators; and
  • to work cooperatively with other organizations - within and out of the profession - when goals are to improve public education.

OASE is a state affiliate of the national Superintendents Association (AASA). 

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Off the Record Meetings

OASE Off the Record Meetings are held periodically through out the school year, usually three-to-five times per year. They are attended by school superintendents from all of Oregon's school districts and ESDs, and invited guests. 

See Off the Record dates and materials

Education Leadership Coalition (ELC)

The OASE Education Leadership Coalition (ELC) was established to develop consensus among superintendents regarding matters of educational policy and school funding. Consensus positions developed by the ELC are used to form advocacy plans and proposals, and to advise COSA staff and guide conversations with legislators and other policymakers.

See ELC materials

Executive Committee


George Mendoza

Superintendent, LaGrande SD


Sue Rieke-Smith

Superintendent, Tigard-Tualatin SD

Past President

Tim Sweeney

Superintendent, Grants Pass SD

Zone I Director

Mike Scott

Superintendent, Hillsboro SD

Zone II Director

Danna Diaz

Superintendent, Reynolds SD

Zone III Director

Andy Gardner

Superintendent, North Santiam SD

Zone IV Director

Ryan Noss

Superintendent, Corvallis SD

Zone V Director

Jared Cordon

Superintendent, Roseburg SD

Zone VI Director

Scott Beveridge

Superintendent, Southern Oregon ESD

Zone VII Director

Pat Sublette

Superintendent, Columbia Gorge ESD

Zone VIII Director

Aaron Duff

Superintendent, Milton-Freewater SD

Zone IX Director

Sara Johnson

Superintendent, Crook County SD

Zone X Director

Adam Watkins

Superintendent, Blachly SD

Zone XI Director

Alisha McBride

Superintendent, Vale SD

Ex-Officio Member

Darin Drill

COSA Presidency

Superintendent, Cascade SD

Ex-Officio Member

Jim Green

Executive Director, Oregon School Boards Association

Ex-Officio Member

Peter Weber

Executive Director, Oregon School Activities Association

Ex-Officio Member

Heidi Sipe

AASA Governing Board

Superintendent, Umatilla SD

Ex-Officio Member


Oregon Small Schools Association


Ex-Officio Member

Sue Rieke-Smith

AASA Governing Board

Superintendent, Tigard-Tualatin SD

Ex-Officio Member

Paul Andrews


Superintendent, High Desert ESD

COSA Executive Director

Craig Hawkins

Coalition of Oregon School Administrators




Elections for OASE officers are held annually. OASE presidents serve three years (as president-elect, president and past-president). OASE Zone Directors serve three-year terms.