COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sol H. Pelavin, President and
CEO of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), on Wednesday, July 26
delivered an address on instilling confidence and trust within
organizations and the public during the 23rd annual meeting of the National
Academy of Superintendents, hosted by the College of Education at Ohio
The National Academy of Superintendents was established in 1983 and is
dedicated to providing school district superintendents with the knowledge
they need to deal with the demands they face. The theme of this year's
four-day conference is: "Leadership Challenge: Building Trust and
Pelavin, noting that two-thirds of employees say they don't trust their
bosses, cited both research data and personal experience as he discussed
how successful leaders build trust with their staff and the public.
"We live in an era of diminished public trust and confidence in leaders
and institutions at every level, from Congress to the state house to the
local school board," Pelavin said in remarks prepared for delivery to
"We will never reduce the public's cynicism about our leaders and about
public institutions -- including the schools -- unless we find ways to
rebuild respect for our core institutions. And that means restoring trust
and confidence in our school systems and in the people who direct them,"
Pelavin, a former high school mathematics teacher, told the
superintendents, "I attribute much of AIR's success to learning and
applying lessons about trust and confidence." He advised the school leaders
to: "be honest with everyone;" "treat everyone...with respect;" "treat
promises seriously" and "don't over promise;" and "invest the time to build
Pelavin became president and chief executive officer of AIR in 2001,
after serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer since
1994 when the firm he founded, Pelavin Associates, merged with AIR. Under
his leadership, AIR has grown from several hundred employees to a staff of
more than 1,300. Revenues for the current fiscal year are expected to
exceed $250 million -- a tenfold increase since the 1994 merger.
Pelavin holds advanced degrees from the University of Chicago and
Stanford University. He taught high school mathematics in suburban Chicago
before starting his career in research.
A text of the speech is available at http://www.air.org.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the
American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit
organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on
important social issues and delivers technical assistance both domestically
and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce
SOURCE American Institutes for Research