WISD board to interview candidates for superintendent’s post

UPDATE, March 21, 2011: The pool of candidates for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education superintendent was reduced by one today, when Big Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Thomas M. Langdon withdrew from the running and accepted the superintendent’s job in the Sturgis Public Schools. The interview scheduled has also been revised as noted below.

From the Washtenaw Intermediate School District

At a special meeting on March 15, the Washtenaw Intermediate Board of Education selected six candidates to interview for the position of superintendent.

The candidates are:

  • Christine Beardsley – She is in her 10th year as superintendent of the Oscoda Area Schools.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in business administration, her master’s degree in educational administration from Central Michigan University and is scheduled to receive her doctorate in educational leadership in May, also from Central Michigan.
  • David J. Campbell – He is in his eleventh year as superintendent of the Olivet Community Schools.  He received his undergraduate degree in education at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and his master’s degree in educational administration at Illinois State University.
  • Thomas L. Goodney – He is in his sixth year as deputy superintendent and chief of staff at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio  in Columbus, Ohio.  He received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Northern Michigan University, his master’s degree in speech at Miami University and his doctorate in educational leadership, also at Miami University.
  • Beverly A. Knox-Pipes – She is in her ninth year as assistant superintendent for Technology and Media Services at the Genesee Intermediate School District.  She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education at the University of Texas at El Paso, her master’s degree at Lesley College  in Cambridge, Mass. focusing on computers in education and is currently completing requirements for her doctorate in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Fla.
  • Thomas M. Langdon – He is in his seventh year as superintendent of the Big Rapids Public Schools.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University in biology and physical science and a second bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in education.  His master’s in educational leadership is from Western Michigan University and his doctorate in educational leadership is from Central Michigan University.
  • Scott A. Menzel – He is in his fourth year as superintendent of the Livingston Educational Service Agency.  He received his bachelor’s degree in religion from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., his master’s degree in philosophy and social policy from the American University  in Washington, D.C. and is completing work on his doctorate from Eastern Michigan University.

Interviews are scheduled is as follows:
Monday, March 21, 2011
6:30 p.m. – Scott Menzel
8 p.m. –  Beverly Knox-Pipes
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
6:30 p.m. – David Campbell
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
6:30 p.m. –   Thomas Langdon
6:30 p.m.  –  Christine Beardsley
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
6:30 p.m. – Thomas Goodney

All interviews will be held at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Road, Scio Township and are open to the public.

The Board is selecting a new superintendent to succeed Dr. William C. Miller who retired in December 2010. The WISD board is being assisted in the search by the Michigan Association of School Boards. The WISD is the intermediate district serving 10 public school districts in Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor.

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