AMLE Executive Director to Retire, Search Announced for New Leader

February 1, 2019

COLUMBUS, OH – The Chair of the AMLE Board of Trustees, Christine Thielen, today announced that Executive Director William Waidelich will be retiring May 1, 2019. Waidelich has served as executive director since 2011 and will remain in a part-time consulting capacity during the transition to a new executive director.

“The AMLE Board of Trustees appreciates Dr. Waidelich’s leadership of the association over the past eight years,” said Thielen. “He helped maintain AMLE’s status as a leader in providing professional resources for middle school educators around the world. Waidelich collaborated with the AMLE Board and staff to develop and operationalize a visionary strategic plan, while focusing on sound fiscal strategies and setting the stage for growth. We wish him well in his retirement.”

“I am thankful for my time over these past years working side by side with the staff and board,” said Waidelich “It has been an honor to serve middle school educators and the students they teach, mentor, and advocate for.”

The search for a new executive director is being conducted by Nancy Rummel and Associates, with expectations of hiring a new executive director later this year. The search process and timeline will be posted on the AMLE website next month. View job posting.

All inquiries about the AMLE Executive Director search should be directed to Nancy Rummel at


About the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) helps middle school educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. A non-profit membership organization, AMLE members include teachers, principals, counselors, professors, researchers, and others interested in the education of 10- to 15-year-olds.

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