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AU People When it comes to influential educators in New York State, Dr. Peggy Wozniak is a winner. A 1972 alumna of Alfred University with a degree in elementary education, Dr. Wozniak began her career in the West Seneca (NY) Central School district, earning her M.S. degree in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975. After seven years, she moved to California, where she worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent. Wozniak received her Ed.D. in Educational Management in 1994 from the University of La Verne, CA. For her leadership of the Mammoth Unified School District in Mammoth Lakes, CA, the Association of California School Administrators named her the Superintendent of the Year for 2000. She is credited with implementing curriculum standards and assessment reform, and raising student achievement to rank in the top 10 percent statewide. In 2002 Dr. Wozniak returned to her native New York State as superintendent of the Binghamton City School District. As CEO of the 6,140-pupil urban district, she supervises 1,100 employees and manages a $90.9 million budget. More importantly, she has been able to pull together the community, governing board, faculty, staff and students to develop and implement a strategic plan and vision for the district. Her expertise in K-12 education was recognized in 2007 when the governor of New York appointed her to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, created to improve the lives of New York's children by ensuring the successful implementation of the expansion of the Child Health Plus program and identifying ways to offer increased access to high quality pre-kindergarten and early learning programs. Wozniak serves as a member of the faculty for the “Transition to Superintendency Program” for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Broome County. She is a member of the Binghamton Rotary Club, serving on its Charities Board; a member of the Broome County Urban League, serving as second vice chair of its Board of Directors; and a member of the Central New York Southern Tier Regional Advisory Board for Lifetime Healthcare Companies. Alfred University presented Dr. Wozniak with a Distinguished Alumna Award from the Alumni Council in June 2008 in recognition of her service to the University and its students. She serves on the AU Women’s Leadership Center Advisory Board; has been a speaker in the “Women of Influence” series; and volunteered her time to work with education majors through the Career Development Center.