Issues in Education Conference: “Leadership in Four Directions”

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Posted by: School of Education

The APU Community is invited to the annual Issues in Education Conference & Ethics Symposium 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Wilden Hall.  Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:00 AM. The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Kent L. Bechler, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships, and paper presentations addressing ethical issues in education by 24 doctoral students. 

Dr. Kent L. Bechler last served as superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District, the 9th largest school district in California until 2012.  Corona-Norco Unified School District was named a 2012 finalist for the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education. The Broad Prize for Urban Education is the largest education prize in the country, honoring school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement, while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.

He also served as superintendent in Walnut Valley Unified and Duarte Unified School Districts. He held positions of Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principal, Teacher and Coach.

Dr. Bechler received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University, a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University – Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University.

He has extensive training experience in management, leadership, systems, policies and procedures, strategic planning, labor relations and developing collaboration and teamwork within organizations. He is well known for developing trusting relationships, team building and resolving organizational conflict. His academic work includes teaching adjunct classes at the university level and consulting with educational institutions, businesses and other organizations.

The conference and symposium are free to members of the APU community.


Wilden Hall
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
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Lucia Villa-Barron at 626-815-5374