Handbook for Principals of Seventh-Day Adventist Schools

A Guide for Superintendents and Supervisors

The purpose of this handbook is to provide a resource that will assist school administrators in meeting their responsibilities as educational leaders in the Seventh-day Adventist (Adventist) K-12 school system.



One’s calling to leadership ministry in the role of local conference superintendent of schools/vice president for education is both sacred and unique, because its challenges are often considerable, yet richly rewarding. A superintendent’s work, directly and/or indirectly, affects the institutional health of a wide range of learning communities, promotes the professional development of educators with intentionality, and indirectly facilitates what students experience in classrooms across the local conference. In short, there is no other leadership ministry quite like that of conference superintendent.


Written for the purpose of providing a concise, user-friendly guide to superintendents of education, particularly to those new to the demands and expectations of the job, this handbook is not exhaustive in content. The chapters provide key information points that should guide the reader to broad topics of vital interest to superintendents. The reader is encouraged to engage in personal research to identify and make use of complementary information to better understand and appreciate all facets of a superintendent’s work.

The North American Division Office of Education wishes to express its thanks to the following educators who contributed to the development of this handbook:

Hamlet Canosa, Chairdirector, Columbia Union

Donald A. Dudleysuperintendent, Southeastern California Conference

Linda Fuchssuperintendent, Michigan Conference

Kevin Kossicksuperintendent, Georgia-Cumberland Conference

Dennis Plubelldirector, North Pacific Union

Keith Waterssecondary associate, North Pacific Union

Eunice Warfieldsuperintendent, South Central Conference

May the good Lord bless and keep you in the important work to which you have been called.