Joan Auchter to Direct NASSP Professional Development Efforts

NASSP today announced the appointment of longtime education administration leader Joan Auchter as its director of professional development. With more than 20 years of experience and leadership in the education field, Auchter will bring a depth of knowledge to NASSP’s Professional Development department.

Auchter comes from Cricket Media, where she served as chief education officer and managed the ePals platform, an innovative web-based tool that enriches K–12 learning in the classroom. She was previously the senior director of assessment operations for the College Board, vice president and chief program officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and executive director of GED Testing Service. Auchter earned her B.A and M.Ed. from Marshall University in West Virginia.

In her new position, Auchter will oversee all NASSP efforts in principal development and school improvement—ensuring that middle level and high school leaders have access to the kind of robust professional development resources and tools they need to successfully lead their schools.

“Joan’s wealth of experience in education administration provides her a keen understanding of how to execute outstanding professional development programs,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Her leadership has led many education companies to success and we’re delighted to bring her expertise to a national audience.”



The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.