BOSTON – Robert Motley, principal of Atholton High School in Columbia, MD, has been elected to serve as the 2019–20 president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Six school leaders from across the country were also elected to serve four-year terms on the 24-member NASSP Board of Directors

Motley has been a member of the board for four years and served as the chair of the NASSP Programs and Services Committee. Additionally, he was the board liaison to the Student Leadership Advisory Committee, where he worked with exceptional student leaders from around the country to advocate on Capitol Hill and shape the national student voice initiative.

In 2006, Motley was recognized as the Maryland State Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland-College Park in French language and foreign language secondary education, and a master’s degree at The George Washington University in elementary and secondary educational administration and supervision. He is currently seeking his Ph.D. in instructional leadership at Notre Dame Maryland University.

“Robert has been a valuable member of the NASSP Board of Directors and we are thrilled that he will become our next president-elect,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We also welcome the six new members to the board and look forward to the contributions they will make to continue to move our organization forward. Robert and the new board members will lend their voices, expertise, and experiences to our efforts to develop strong school leaders, providing the support they need to foster healthy and safe school communities and champion student leadership and equality.”

The six school leaders elected to the board for two-year and four-year terms include:

  • Julie Arnold, principal, Rio Rancho Cyber Academy Rio, Rancho, NM
  • Raechelle Fabrao, assistant principal, Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, HI
  • Carole Kihm, principal, Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, VA
  • Jen Lindaman, principal, Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny, IA
  • Gina Marie Pin, assistant superintendent, head of school, Joel Barlow High School—Region 9, Redding, CT
  • Albert Sackey, principal, Nathan Hale Middle School, Norwalk, CT

The new board members were elected during the association’s Members’ Assembly, held this year at the National Principals Conference in Boston, July 18–20. All board terms are effective August 1, 2019, as is Motley’s post of president-elect. Motley will serve under 2019–20 NASSP President Peter Kruszynski until August 1, 2020, when he will succeed to the NASSP presidency.

For a complete roster of the NASSP Board of Directors, please visit


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.