By Marylouise Markle
Richard Mextorf, who in March assumed the job as superintendent of the State College Area School District, describes himself as a man with a mission.
We talked for about an hour in mid-August in his office on Nittany Avenue.
A polished, red, glass apple was perched on the front of Mextdorf’s desk.
His bookshelves were fully loaded, an ample literary collection, evidence of his years as teacher, musical performer, mentor, athlete and scholar.
Some of the books reflected a creatively imagined academic universe that combines the capacity to connect seemingly disparate dots—of humanism and management; of technology and quiet reflection; of pragmatism and idealism. Peter Drucker, philosopher, professor, revered management icon, is one of Mextorf’s favorite writers and thinkers. Like Drucker, Mextorf sees the implicit value in the human potential of his coworkers, his staff and his students; he tends to focus his considerable energies on challenges and on bold opportunities. Read more »