Joe Chaddock ’95

Major: Education
Job Title: Superintendent

Hometown: Minerva, Ohio

Employer: Stark County Educational Service Center (ESC)

The superintendent of the Stark County ESC is the educational leader of Stark County. The ESC serves 23 school districts and over 70,000 students and staff. Services to local districts include administrative, business, curriculum, special needs, early childhood and technology. The superintendent is also responsible for a health insurance consortium that insures over 45,000 lives. The superintendent leads a staff of more than 550 employees with a budget of over $265,000,000 annually.

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Why Mount Union
I loved the feeling of community, the school environment, class sizes and excellent facilities. The University’s reputation is outstanding at the state and national levels.

Unique Advantage
The smaller class sizes at Mount Union allow for greater networking and personal relationships with students and professors. The extracurricular programs are exceptional and have put Mount at the top of NCAA Division III nationally.

Favorite Professor
Dr. James Smith was one of the most engaging and intelligent professors that I have had the privilege of knowing. He had tremendous relationship skills and high moral character. Dr. Smith prepared us to be leaders in our field.

First Professional Job
My first professional job was a science teacher and wrestling coach for Perry Local Schools.

Campus Involvement
I was a member of the Mount Union wrestling team and participated in the Dowling Mentors Program.

Continuing Education
I earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University and superintendent licensure from Ashland University as well.

Preparation for Teaching
The education I received at Mount Union helped prepare me to be a classroom teacher. The networking and relationships established at Mount continue to open doors in my field. My education classes provided me with valuable and pertinent understanding of my field. The professor’s guidance and mock interviews gave me confidence at the beginning of my career.

Lasting Friendships
Many of my closest friends are Mount Union classmates. We’ve vacationed together and visit regularly each year.

Staying Connected
My wife Susan (’94) and I consistently contribute to the alumni fund and attend alumni events when we can. Our oldest daughter, Ellie, is a freshman art education major and golfer for Mount.

Lifetime Goal
My goal is to raise my four children to be caring, happy, responsible and hard-working adults.

Lasting Investment
Not only did I receive a great education that prepared me to be a teacher, Mount Union also afforded me the opportunity to constantly network with talented alumni that I have been in contact with throughout my career. My wife and I have had successful professional careers due to the excellent preparation from Mount.

Favorite Part of Job
I enjoy having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, families and staff in the Stark County community through education.

 

Not only did I receive a great education that prepared me to be a teacher, Mount Union also afforded me the opportunity to constantly network with talented alumni that I have been in contact with throughout my career. My wife and I have had successful professional careers due to the excellent preparation from Mount.

Fun Facts

What’s your favorite book?
“The Edge” by Howard Ferguson
Where is your favorite travel destination?
Deep sea fishing in Charleston, South Carolina
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Abe Lincoln because I greatly admire his leadership through difficult times in our country.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
I am a great believer in luck – “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Thomas Jefferson
What was your favorite toy/board game as a child?
My fishing pole
You’re meeting a friend for coffee. What do you order?
Black coffee
What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show?
Any show on the Food Network; I love to cook.
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