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National PTA Taps New Executive Director

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National PTA announced Wednesday that Nathan R. Monell will serve as the organization's new executive director.

Monell, who has more than two decades of experience heading nonprofits and associations, is the chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, the advocacy, technical assistance, and training organization for the federal GEAR UP program.

In a news release, Otha Thornton, president of National PTA, said Monell's expertise in education and advocacy and his passion for ensuring children have the opportunity to reach their full potential will be an asset to the organization.  

Monell will join National PTA in May prior to the Alexandria, Va.-based association's annual convention which will be held June 25-29 in Charlotte, N.C. Monell replaces Joanne E. Dunne who has served as National PTA's interim executive director since January 2014 while the association searched for a new executive director.

"National PTA's leadership is needed more than ever to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education," Monell said in the release.

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