Dean Fink is an international educational development consultant. He is a former superintendent and principal with the Halton Board of Education in Ontario, Canada. In his career he has taught at all levels of education from primary grades to graduate school. He has been a school administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. Dean holds post-graduate degrees in both history (BA Hons. MA), and educational administration (M.Ed., Ph.D). In the past 15 years Dean has made presentations or conducted workshop in 31 different countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, in every state in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Mongolia, Spain, Singapore, and the Baltic States. Dean has presented keynote addresses to a number of national and international conferences. Recently he has presented keynote addresses to major conferences in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Lithuania.

He has published numerous book chapters and articles on topics related to school effectiveness, leadership and change in schools in such journals as Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Leadership, the International Journal of Educational Change and School Effectiveness and School Improvement. He is the author or co-author of Changing Our Schools (Open University Press, 1996) with Louise Stoll of the Institute of Education, Good Schools/Real Schools; Why school reform doesn’t last (Teachers College Press, 2000), and It’s About Learning and It’s About Time (Routledge/Falmer Press, 2003) with Louise Stoll and Lorna Earl of OISE/University of Toronto, Sustainable Leadership with Andy Hargreaves for Jossey Bass (2006), and Leadership for Mortals: Developing and sustaining leaders of learning for Corwin/Paul Chapman (2006). His most recent book is The Succession Challenge: Building and Sustaining Leadership Capacity through Succession Management (Corwin, Sage, 2010)

Dean is married and the father of two daughters who are both proud to be teachers, and grandfather of two grandsons, ages 18 and 16. He spends his spare time golfing or waiting for the Canadian golf season to begin.