Introduction: changing perspectives in the New Superintendency. Of Candidates, Pools and Preparation: The disappearing superintendent applicant - the invitation to apply goes unanswered, W. Keane, D. Moore; Preparing the next generation of superintendents - integrating professional and experiential knowledge, L.G. Bjork; Gender differences in superintendents' perceptions of professional preparation programmes, C. Iselt et al. Of Women and People of Colour: Women and men in the superintendency - a case of a promising research alliance, M. Tallerico, R. O'Connell; Hispanic females' school leadership - cases of super-intending, F.I. Ortiz; A superintendent's approach to coalition building - working with diversity to garner support for educational initiatives, M. Grogan, M. Blackmon; Dangerous intersection - a meta-ethnographic study of gender, power, and politics in the public school superintendency, L. Skrla et al. Of School Boards and Communities: Motivations for school board membership - implications for decision making, M. Mountford, C.C. Brunner; Community and control in the superintendency, R. Dunn; A new political balance between superintendent and board - clarifying purpose and generating knowledge, M. Shibles et al; The future of local school governance - implications for board members and superintendents, T. Kowalski. Of Power, Politics, and Policy: Institutional barriers to educational reform - a superintendents's role in district decentralization, L. Bjork; Legislative change and the superintendency in British Columbia, Canada, G. Kelsey, D. Lupini. Of Soul and Transformation: The New Superintendency as guardian of justice and care, P. First; Souling the New Superintendency - individual souls healing the soul of the world, J. Perkins.