Charles Dedrick

Dr. Charles Dedrick is the Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (THE COUNCIL), since July 1, 2016. THE COUNCIL is a professional and advocacy organization that provides services to its more than 800 educational leaders in New York State. Prior to taking the helm at THE COUNCIL, he served as District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES, Superintendent of Schools at Cohoes City School District, and Superintendent of the Green Island Union Free School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught Social Studies. 

Dr. Dedrick has completed an extensive study in accounting; holds a B.A. in Political Science; a M.S. in Developmental Reading, as well as a M.S. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies; and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Russell Sage College’s Esteves School of Education in Albany, New York. 

In 2011, Chuck was elected to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Governing Board representing New York State. In 2013, he was elected to a three-year term on AASA’s Executive Committee, representing Region 7, consisting of New York and the six New England states. Prior to becoming Executive Director of THE COUNCIL, he served as the co-chair of THE COUNCIL’s Federal Legislative Committee and the District Superintendents’ Legislative Committee. 

In 2011, he received the Excellence in Education Award from the University at Albany given to alumni “for their outstanding achievements and service to the University and Community.” In 2012, he was awarded the Excelsior College “Partner in Lifelong Learning” Award and is also the recipient of the 2013 Amy Bull Crist Award from the New York State Association of Women in Administration for his leadership in the promotion and development of women leaders in New York State. 

Chuck, along with two co-authors, published the article Succession Planning Done Right in the June 2012 issue of the American School Board Journal and on Test Security in the December 2014 issue of the same magazine. In 2014, Chuck authored an article on The Leadership Squeeze of Proposed Mergers for School Administrator Magazine. In June 2016, he co-authored The Quest for Elusive Candidates in the School Administrator Magazine