Questar III Leadership
Dr. Charles S. Dedrick
District Superintendent, Capital Region BOCES and interim District Superintendent for Questar III
Charles S. Dedrick is the district
superintendent of Capital Region BOCES, the Board of Cooperative
Educational Services for Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie and southern
Saratoga counties. As district
superintendent, he is the chief executive officer of the educational
cooperative, which employs 1,200 and serves 23 component school
districts with approximately 85,000 K-12 students. In his duties,
Mr. Dedrick is responsible for the overall administration, operation
and financial planning of the organization.
Prior to being selected for that post in 2008, he served as Superintendent of the Cohoes City School District for nine years and as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Saint Rose in the School of Education for two years. Having climbed the education career ladder, Mr. Dedrick previously served as superintendent of schools and business manager of the Green Island Union Free Schools after starting his career as a social studies teacher.
Mr. Dedrick has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Russell Sage Graduate School; master’s degrees in Educational Administration and Policy Studies and in Developmental Reading from the State University at Albany; a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Excelsior College; and completed The Superintendents’ Academy and Post-Graduate Superintendents’ Academy through the New York State Council of School Superintendents.
He is a member of the New York State District Superintendents'
Testing, Reporting and Information Technology Committee, as well as
a faculty member of the New York State Council of School
Superintendents' Academy and was the recipient of the New York State
Council of School Superintendents’ 2008 "Appreciation Award" for
service to the Council. He is also the recipient of the 2004
Character Education Award as the Outstanding School District
Administrator in the Capital Region.
Along with his wife, Martha, Mr. Dedrick has four children in high school and college.
Dr. Gladys Cruz
Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer, Questar III
Over a 30-year span, Dr. Gladys I. Cruz has established a distinguished career in education as a teacher and leader at the local, regional and state levels.
Now, as chief operating officer for Questar III Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Cruz is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the Castleton-based BOCES, reporting directly to the Board of Education. Along, with her leadership team, Cruz provides direction to 23 local school districts and oversees the delivery of more than 275 programs and services across New York State.
Cruz began her career as a teacher in Puerto Rico and her education experience ranges from K-12 schools to universities in New York State and Puerto Rico. In addition, she worked briefly as director of curriculum services for the New York State Education Department.
Since joining Questar III BOCES in 1998, Cruz seized a number of leadership positions including Deputy Superintendent. In this role, she assumed agency-wide leadership and supervisory responsibilities, reporting to the District Superintendent. During her tenure she has expanded Questar III’s School Improvement services, initiatives and relationships with staff development networks and the State Education Department.
Cruz presently oversees Questar III’s Special Education Program and alignment of all professional development programs offered by Questar III, both internally and externally. This includes Staff Development, Model Schools, Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) and the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI).
Cruz holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the State University of New York at Albany. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in Bilingual Education and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English from La Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico.