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David W. Saba Appointed ABCTE President

Experienced executive chosen to lead American Board in new phase of program development and implementation

Washington, DC (December 1, 2005) — The Board of Directors of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) has appointed David W. Saba as the organization’s new president, Board Chairman Tony Colón announced today. Saba currently serves as ABCTE’s Chief Operating Officer, and has worked as acting president since October 2005.

Previously, Saba served as the organization’s Vice President of Development and Evaluation. At ABCTE, Saba has overseen several major initiatives, including the launch of the organization’s first comprehensive candidate recruitment and marketing campaigns. The efforts generated a 300 percent increase in certification enrollments. In addition, Saba directed the development of an entire suite of teacher preparation materials, and he is spearheading the development and launch of the national Master Teacher program, which will recognize teachers of distinction and proven effectiveness.

Upon making the announcement, Colón said: “David Saba is an experienced executive who will lead the American Board to great success. Dave is responsible for many of the American Board’s recent achievements and advancements. We are truly grateful that he will serve as our new President, and we have the utmost confidence in his judgment and abilities.”

Saba said: “With a focus on ensuring that every child receives a high quality education from a truly effective teacher, ABCTE’s founding leaders developed a premier national teacher certification program. I am honored to lead the organization in its next phase- the implementation of that program throughout the country and the development of new initiatives that will make a difference for students and schools across America.”

As the new ABCTE president, Saba’s top priorities will be expanding the impact of ABCTE programs to new states and school districts, working with national education leaders to continue the development of the Master Teacher program, and ensuring top quality teacher candidate recruitment and candidate services operations.

Before joining the American Board, Saba earned recognition as an executive at Kaplan, Inc, where he directed the organization’s mid-Atlantic test preparation centers. A successful entrepreneur and project manager, Saba also served as a Navy lieutenant commander and helicopter pilot.

In addition to his executive experience, Saba is uniquely aware of the challenges facing public education. He is a father of two high-school aged girls who attend public school in Northern Virginia.

“All children in America deserve highly effective teachers to ensure their academic success, future career growth and overall happiness. Great teachers matter so much to the lives of families across the U.S., and as a father, I am honored to lead ABCTE and its phenomenal staff as we recruit and certify highly qualified teachers for all kids,” Saba said.

Click here for Saba’s bio and a downloadable image.