Michael A. Lerner, 72, former president of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, retired principal and administrator for the School District of Philadelphia, died July 14 after a brief illness.
Lerner graduated from Philadelphia's Central High School 208, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of Buffalo and a doctorate in education from Temple University in 1972.
He began his career in Philadelphia's public schools in 1970, working as a research assistant and later an administrative assistant, for then Superintendent Dr. Richard D. Hanusey in the former District 5 until 1981.
Lerner became director of special education, under Superintendent Dr. George D. Pilato, and served as principal of S.A. Douglass High School in Port Richmond until 2003. Lerner was appointed business agent for the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, Teamsters Local #502, which represents Philadelphia school principals and other administrators.
He became CASA's president in October 2005 and held the position until his retirement in 2010.
During his career, he served on numerous committees, taught graduate courses for Cheyney University and belonged to professional organizations, including ASCD, Pennsylvania Association of Secondary Principals and B'nai B'rith Educators Unit. He received numerous honors, including the Rose Lindenbaum Award of Excellence.
Lerner is survived by his wife, Candy Lerner; daughters Cheryl Lerner, Liza Lerner and Ashley Govberg; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan, and parents Anne and Joseph Lerner.