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April 25, 2013

Vaughn announces candidacy for AISD board

Athens — Dr. Vance Vaughn, an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, is seeking the position of Place 5 on the Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees.

The election is May 11.

Vaughn is a deacon at The General Assembly Church of the Living God in Athens. He has a Doctor of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University; a Master of Education from The University of Texas at Tyler; and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Vaughn has experience as a college professor at UT Tyler; as superintendent of schools for Kerens ISD; as interim superintendent of schools for Athens ISD; as principal of Kerens High School; assistant principal of Athens High School; as a math teacher at Athens High School; and as a parent.

He brings 49 years of experience from the perspective of a student; a teacher; a parent; a principal; a superintendent; and a college professor and researcher. He has a total knowledge of how the school system should work and compassion for all people.

“I have the courage to stand firm for all people,” Vaughn said. “I have the ability to research decisions and programs and the ability to govern property. I have leadership ability in education, with seven years of training people to be educational leaders.”

Among his accomplishments, Vaughn has authored 18 journal articles and written three book chapters on how to lead schools and written one textbook on how to manage finances in public schools.

He has also conducted 17 state and nine national presentations on how to lead and manage public and charter schools. Additionally, Vaughn was an Olympic team qualifier on the Baylor track team. He did not compete, however, due to the decision of President Jimmy Carter, which led to the U.S. boycott of the Games in 1980.

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