Educational Services of America (ESA) today announced that Alan Watson has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer, and Cate Lewandowski has been promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

For Immediate Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2011) – Educational Services of America (ESA) today announced that Alan Watson has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer, and Cate Lewandowski has been promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

ESA provides specialized programs for students who are at risk of dropping out of school through its Ombudsman program and for students with behavioral/learning disabilities through its Spectrum Center Schools.

“Under Alan’s and Cate’s leadership, ESA has developed and implemented innovative technologies that benefit students, staff and our school district partners, and marketing strategies that support our brands and help grow our business,” Mark Claypool, ESA president and CEO said.

Watson was previously ESA’s senior vice president of information technology. He is responsible for the development and operation of the company’s information technology systems and services as well as the development of ESA’s overall technology strategy. Watson, who earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology from Austin Peay State University, has more than 16 years of experience as a technology consultant in the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and education.

Lewandowski was previously ESA’s senior vice president of marketing and public relations. She is responsible for the organization’s marketing, media communications and advertising. Lewandowski, who earned a journalism degree from Marquette University, has managed international and national marketing and communications programs for a variety of corporate, consumer and education organizations.

Educational Services of America is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 alternative and special education programs for students who are at risk of dropping out of school and for students with behavioral/learning disabilities. ESA’s Spectrum Center Schools and Programs partners with public schools to provide individualized services for students with challenging educational and behavioral needs such as autism, emotional disturbance and developmental delay.

ESA operates more than 140 schools and programs serving more than 240 school districts in numerous states. For more information, visit www.esa-education.com.