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Professional Association of Georgia Educators mourns death of Allene Magill

Sad news from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators:

Dr. Allene Magill, executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, passed away at home unexpectedly Saturday.

"The PAGE family is overwhelmed and saddened today with the passing of Dr. Allene Magill, our leader and executive director," said Craig Harper, director of communications. "Allene was a tireless advocate for educators and public education in Georgia for many decades with her most important work occurring over the past 14 years with PAGE.

"Allene was a visionary leader who saw great potential in people and helped all with whom she worked to do even more than they thought they were capable of doing," Harper said. "She never stopped striving to ensure educators had the support they needed to develop professionally, and to provide the best instruction in the classroom and the highest level of leadership, regardless of position."

At 93,000 members, PAGE is Georgia's largest professional association for educators. Magill was the executive director since July 2003, following superintendent positions in Paulding, Forsyth and Dalton. During Magill's storied career she was twice named superintendent of the year for Georgia, served on the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia, was president of the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

She also provided leadership on numerous state committees related to education, most recently on the Educational Turnaround Advisory Council, which selected the state's new chief turnaround officer for struggling schools.

"Allene's absence will be felt not only at PAGE, but across our state," Harper said.

PAGE offers condolences to Allene’s family and loved ones. Arrangements will be announced when details are available.

Read and sign the online guestbook for Allene Magill


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