Congratulations AAPS Superintendent Candidates!

This will be released soon via our media channels, but I wanted to take a second to congratulate those candidates that we are considering.  There were many highly-qualified candidates and I was pleased to see the pool of candidates from our community here in Ann Arbor, as well as from across the country.  I believe we had submissions from 31 states (recalling from a 7 hour review; may be off by one or two).

In any case, it is exciting to have such an excellent pool of candidates.  I wish everyone of them the best of luck and am grateful for everyone that put their name, experience and credentials forward for a position that is incredibly important in our community.

I will be interested in all feedback on these candidates so that we make the best decision for our community.  I know it’s summer and many of us are thinking about vacation, but please take some time to participate in this process with us!

Press release below:

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is pleased to announce the 6 semi-finalists for the position of Superintendent for the school district.

In alphabetic order, the semi-finalists are:

Dr. Benjamin Edmondson

Dr. Edmondson currently serves as the Principal of the Ann Arbor Public School’s Roberto Clemente High School. Dr. Edmondson holds a B.A. from University of Virginia, a M.Ed. from Ohio State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Richard Faidley

Dr. Faidley currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Derry Township School District in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Faidley holds a B.A. from Mount Marty College, M.A.’s from Iowa State and Northern Arizona University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of Arizona.

Dr. Sandra Harris

Dr. Harris is a retired Superintendent of the Oak Park School District in Oak Park, Michigan. Dr. Harris worked in the Ann Arbor Public Schools as the Director of Personnel, Vocational Coordinator, high school Assistant Principal and a teacher. Dr. Harris holds a B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Henry J. Hastings

Dr. Hastings currently serves as a full time instructor at Eastern Michigan University. Previously he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor at Oakland University and Wayne State University. Dr. Hastings has also served as a teacher at Chadsey High School in Detroit as well as a school Counselor. Dr. Hastings holds an A. B. from the University of Detroit Mercy, a J.D. from Michigan State University and an Ed.D. from The University of Michigan from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Brian G. Osborne

Dr. Osborne currently serves as Superintendent of Schools for the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey. Previously Dr. Osborne worked for the New York City Department of Education as the Chief of Staff, Teaching and Learning. Dr. Osborne holds an A.B. from Colgate University, a M.A.T. from New York University and an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift

Dr. Swift currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent, Instruction, Curriculum and Student Services for the Colorado Springs School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Previously she served as Executive Director, K-12 Schools for the Colorado Springs School District. Dr. Swift holds a B.A. from the University of Texas, an M.A. from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Morgridge School of Education, University of Denver.

The AAPS Board of Education will meet on July 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Balas Administration Building to discuss interview questions and process.

The semi-finalist interviews will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor on Monday, July 8th (tentatively 10am to 7:30pm) and Tuesday, July 9th (tentatively 8am to 3pm).  The board may hold a regular meeting following the Tuesday interviews to select the finalists. Otherwise, the regular meeting will be planned for the next day, Wednesday, July 10.

Interviews with the finalists are planned for Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16.  Locations and times will be announced.

A regular meeting of the Board of Education to select the Superintendent will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm at the Courtyard Marriott. The location change is due to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. AAPS is working with CTN to broadcast this meeting from the Courtyard Marriott.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is very pleased with the list of semi-finalists and welcomes the community to attend the interviews. Interview questions are being developed with input the Trustees received at the community forums at a study session scheduled for Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 pm at the Balas Administration Building, 2555 S. State Street.


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