Rick Spradling holds several graduate degrees in both English and Educational Leadership, including a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He has held various teaching positions in both elementary and secondary schools in Indiana, Zambia, and Cameroun. Dr. Spradling has been director of American International schools in Libreville, Gabon (1983-1987); Tunis, Tunisia (1990-1997), and Vienna, Austria (1997-2005). He also taught as a Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina (1988-1990). In 1996, he was named a US National Distinguished Principal, and in 2012 Dr. Spradling was selected as Superintendent of the Year by the Association for the Advancement of International Schools. He has served on numerous accreditation teams and advisory boards, contributed several articles to national and global publications, and given presentations at various regional and international conferences. During his career, he has served as president of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS), the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA), and he is currently chair of the Northern European Council of International Schools (NECIS). He also served as Treasurer of the board of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Council of International Schools (CIS) until 2015. Dr. Spradling has been Superintendent of the American School of The Hague since 2005 and will retire from ASH in June 2018.