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Bill East

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Executive Director

Theron (Bill) East, Ed.D. Dr. East began his work at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) in 1998 as Deputy Executive Director and was appointed Executive Director a year later. Previous to this national organization role, Dr. East served in several roles in the Alabama State Department of Education including State Director of Special Education. Other prior experiences include work within the state special education division as curriculum supervisor, an adaptive physical education supervisor; unit director in the Alabama mental health system; and teacher in the K-12 education system. East currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the Center on Online Learning for Students with Disabilities, and he represents the organization as a partner in the National Center for Systemic Improvement and the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center. Dr. East is recognized as a national leader in education by stakeholders involved in both special and general education. His expertise, years of experience, and connections to many partners important to helping states and local districts improve student outcomes and IDEA compliance make him well-suited for his role at NASDSE.