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Nassau BOCES appoints new deputy and associate superintendents

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Dr. Lydia Begley and James P. Robinson

The Nassau BOCES Board of Education has named Dr. Lydia Begley its new Deputy Superintendent, effective July 1, 2016. The Board has also appointed James P. Robinson as Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, effective August 8. 2016. Nassau BOCES is the largest Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State and serves the 56 school districts in Nassau County.

Dr. Begley is currently the Nassau BOCES Associate Superintendent of Educational Services. She will replace longtime Deputy Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Hanna, who is retiring. Dr. Begley joined the agency in 2011 after serving as Superintendent of Wantagh UFSD.

As Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Begley will be the agency’s Chief Operating Officer with a variety of supervisory responsibilities, including the administration of all BOCES instructional and educational support programs, collective bargaining matters, and ensuring the implementation of agency’s strategic planning initiatives.

“Dr. Begley has been instrumental in helping to build the BOCES of the future – one that is focused on innovation and ensuring that we are providing the services that school districts need,” said Dr. Robert R. Dillon, District Superintendent.

Mr. Robinson is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations at the East Rockaway UFSD and had previously served as both Executive Director for Business and Director of Facilities and Operations at Freeport UFSD.

In his new role, Mr. Robinson will have many responsibilities, including developing new or modified services, programs and technologies to help meet the needs of component school districts. He will play a key role in capital improvement programs, provide leadership to various programs and act as the District Superintendent liaison to local school district superintendents.

“Mr. Robinson brings a unique and varied skill set along with almost thirty years of organizational leadership experience,” said Eric B. Schultz, Board President. “We are excited to have him join as a strong complement to our leadership team.”

A native of Massapequa, Dr. Begley is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English/psychology from Long Island University's Post campus and has a certificate of advanced study and staff development from the College of New Rochelle. Dr. Begley earned a master's degree in Reading K-12, a professional diploma in educational administration and policy studies, and a Doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from Hofstra University.

Mr. Robinson, of East Norwich, served on the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District Board from 2002 to 2014, including five years as president. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a certificate in New York State School District Business Leadership from Dowling College and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Long Island University’s Post Campus.