New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Ed Richardson will retire on Dec. 1 after a 26-year career with the association.
Richardson will be succeeded by Steve Swetsky, who was the NJEA’s assistant executive director for the previous six years alongside him. Richardson and Swetsky are working together during this transition, according to the NJEA.
Swetsky began his career in public education as an industrial arts education teacher in Washington Township in 1980. During his time in there, he served in numerous leadership roles with the Washington Township Education Association, including as president and chief negotiator, according to NJEA.
The NJEA mission is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students.