Melissa Gibson, CASE Director of Communications and Strategic Partners
Northeast BOCES Executive Director Bret Miles named next CASE Executive Director
||The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) is thrilled to announce that longtime CASE member Bret Miles has been named the next CASE Executive Director. He was unanimously selected by a hiring committee of CASE members representing all seven association departments and will assume the role in late spring.
This announcement concludes a months-long intensive national search process that began last fall when current CASE Executive Director Lisa Escárcega announced her plan to retire in the coming months.
A public education administrator for over twenty years, Bret has extensive experience as both a district as well as statewide leader. He has served as Executive Director of the Northeast Colorado BOCES since 2015, and prior to that served as Superintendent in the Holyoke and Brush School Districts. His involvement in CASE began at the same time as his career as an administrator and includes serving on the board of directors for CASSA, CASE’s superintendent and senior administrator department, as well as co-chair of the CASE Legislative Committee.
Bret is held in high regard by his colleagues for his collaborative leadership style, with a proven history of bringing together diverse viewpoints to create a common and unified goal. He played an integral role in spearheading work among Colorado superintendents to propose a new school funding formula, which 174 of 178 superintendents endorsed. Those efforts, along with his strong advocacy for several statewide campaigns to fight for a more equitable and adequate school finance act, led to Bret being recognized in 2019 with CASE’s Colbert Cushing Award. This is among the association’s highest awards and given to an individual who has made an outstanding professional contribution to public education; CASE and CASSA leadership jointly select the honoree each year.
CASE President-elect and Strasberg superintendent Monica Johnson oversaw the search and selection process. She said, “Bret Miles personifies CASE’s mission – to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education. He has made it his life’s work to create viable education opportunities for students throughout the state of Colorado, and I have no doubt that he will continue to do so in this new role.”
“Having spent my entire career in public education, I can think of no greater honor than to serve my colleagues in the premier organization for leadership in public education,” said Bret. “Everything we want to achieve for our students and our teachers starts with our school and district leaders, and I’m eager to partner with them in this important work.”
Lisa Escárcega and Bret will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition in the coming months, and Bret looks forward to connecting with as many members as possible.
“I’ve worked with Bret over the years and have no doubt that he is the right person for this role,” said Lisa. “His strong relationships with superintendents and administrators, along with his grasp of complex policy issues, make him particularly well-suited to work with members and effectively represent CASE in a variety of settings.”
“From my own experience as a CASE member, I know personally the value that the organization brings to public school administrators,” expressed Bret. “It has empowered me over the years to grow as a leader to work with others to positively impact student learning and achievement in meaningful and lasting ways. I have had the good fortune to work for and with some amazing leaders, most of whom I met through CASE. The opportunity to work with my colleagues in this new role is truly humbling and I look forward to helping advance CASE’s influence and service to members in every district across the state.”