John Bevan, superintendent of Southeastern School Corporation, sent a letter to board members and an email to all faculty members Wednesday night to formally announce his plan to retire in June 2013.
Bevan, who has spent the last 14 years as superintendent of the corporation, said that the experience has been a tremendous ride.
“Fourteen years is a lifetime for a superintendent,” Bevan said. “I think it shows how wonderful the experience has been for me that I have been here this long.”
Bevan, a Valparaiso native, went to Northwestern University and worked in Chicago for more than 30 years. For Bevan, the experience with the faculty and staff members has been memorable. Bevan said that he wanted to tell all employees of his plans to retire before they heard it in local media.
“I’ve created personal relationships that go back 14 years,” Bevan said. “I felt I owed it to the faculty and staff to let them know what was going on and what my plans were.”
Before working within Southeastern, Bevan worked in different schools in Illinois. He was a teacher for four years, as assistant principal for five and then took a break to work in real estate and restaurant management for three years.
When he made the switch to management, Bevan said it was a great experience financially but it wasn’t what he enjoyed doing.
“My wife finally asked me when I was going to stop messing around and go back to doing what I love,” Bevan said, laughing. “Shortly after, I went back to being in administration.”
Bevan was a principal for the next 13 years before he was a superintendent in Illinois for eight years. In 1999, he retired from that position and moved to Galveston to become superintendent for Southeastern.
Fourteen years later, Bevan said he is happy that he moved into this community.
“My wife and I have lived in Galveston together longer than we’ve lived anywhere else in our married lives,” Bevan said. “We plan to stay in this area that we have made our home. It’s a great community.”
Those who have worked with Bevan said that the relationship has not only been a good one, but it’s been a learning experience.