Grisham Wins NAPT President-Elect

National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) members selected Rick Grisham this week to be its next president in two years.

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Rick Grisham

The executive director of transportation for Cobb County School District in Georgia served as director of NAPT’s Region 2 since the NAPT Summit was last held in Columbus Ohio in November 2017. He was also the School Transportation News Leadership Award winner that fall and was named STN’s transportation director of the year.

Melody Coniglio, the president of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation and director of transportation at Kenston Local School District, located in the southeast suburbs of Cleveland, ran against Grisham.

Grisham will assume the role of NAPT president in fall 2021 from Steve Simmons, who officially succeeded Barry Sudduth at the conclusion of the NAPT Summit on Tuesday afternoon. Sudduth is also the director of transportation at Stafford County Schools in Virginia.

Simmons is the retired director of transportation for Columbus City Schools in Ohio.

Running unopposed and reelected on Tuesday were Peter Lawrence as director of Region 1, Ken Mulder, director of Region 4, and Theresa Anderson, director of Region 5. Lawrence is the director of transportation for Fairport Central School District near Rochester, New York, while Mulder is the director of transportation for the Special School District near St. Louis and Anderson is an industry consultant based out of the Denver area, as well as an organizer with Women in Transportation (wit.) for the school bus roadeo held annually at the TSD Conference.

Dwight Gleaves, president of the pupil transportation division at Hydrotex, also was reelected as NAPT’s affiliate director.