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Wardinski to Become DECA's Fourth Executive Director
Paul A. Wardinski has been selected as the incoming executive director of DECA Inc. He will join the staff June 1, 2014, as the deputy executive director and assume the executive director position when Edward Davis retires this fall.
Wardinski brings nearly 30 years of experience in educational leadership and management, serving in roles from a marketing education teacher and DECA advisor to secondary education administrator, including two high school principalships. Most recently, he was the Director of the Office of Professional and Life Skills in the Instructional Services Department for Fairfax County Public Schools (Va.), the 11th largest school district in the United States.
Beginning his DECA experience as a student member over 33 years ago, Wardinski served as a DECA advisor for 11 years before assuming various administrative positions. Since then, Wardinski has continued his involvement with DECA, serving as a competitive events coordinator at DECA's International Career Development Conference for the past 17 years. In addition, he has served on the DECA Competitive Events Taskforce since 2012, received the DECA Inc. Outstanding Service Award in 2012, authored nearly 400 competitive events scenarios and participated in numerous scholarship and program reviews. Wardinski was also part of a small team that created the sports and entertainment marketing curriculum in Va., and served as a reviewer and consulting editor for numerous textbooks.
Wardinski was selected through a nation-wide search led by the DECA Inc. Board of Directors. He will become only the fourth person to serve as executive director in the organization's 67-year history.
"Paul's unique collection of experiences as a district-level administrator, high school principal and former DECA advisor, as well as his continued involvement with DECA, show his commitment to the organization," said Jim Brock, president of the DECA Inc. Board of Directors. "He brings the appropriate experience and vision to position DECA as the premier organization to enhance classroom instruction and prepare students for college and career success."
Wardinski earned a B.S. in marketing education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.E. in educational leadership from George Mason University in Va.