Superintendent Search Process

  •  Note: In 2014-2015, the Boston Public Schools conducted a nationwide search for a new Superintendent, culminating in the hire of Dr. Tommy Chang, former local instructional superintendent, Intensive Support & Innovation Center (ISIC) at the Los Angeles Unified School District. These pages detailing BPS's transparent process are meant to serve as a reference tool for other school districts embarking on their own superintendent search process.
    BOSTON - FEBRUARY 19, 2015 - The Superintendent Search Committee today formally and unanimously recommended four candidates to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston School Committee for consideration as the next superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Dana Bedden, Dr. Tommy Chang, Deputy Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, and Superintendent-in-Residence Pedro Martinez were selected from more than 70 applicants as part of a year-long, nationwide search.
    “Every child in Boston deserves a high quality education,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Search Committee has presented four very strong, diverse candidates with proven track records in urban education. Each can bring transformational change to our schools. I look forward to meeting with them and, together with the Boston School Committee, getting input from students, families, teachers, school leaders, partners and others as we ultimately select the best person to lead our district.”
    The 12-member Search Committee has been working since February 2014 to identify desired characteristics in the next superintendent as well as recruit and review candidates. The committee first held eight community forums across the city to solicit public input. Since mid-January, the committee has met eight times in executive session, conducting more than 40 hours of confidential interviews which yielded robust, thoughtful conversation between a diverse set of highly qualified candidates and committee members.
    Search Committee Co-Chair Dr. Hardin Coleman said, “The Search Committee used as its guide the desired characteristics put forth by the community at a series of public forums. These candidates possess those qualities: a commitment to excellence and equity; bold, innovative thinking; and a sense of urgency to improve outcomes for all students.  These candidates have me excited and energized as we reimagine what’s possible for our students.”
    Search Committee Co-Chair Robert Gallery added, “It became clear during the search process that Boston Public Schools is poised for greatness. All of the ingredients for success are right here. We have an education mayor, a student-focused School Committee, committed partners and invested families. The will is there. In many ways, we are already nationally recognized for work that is underway. Now we need a superintendent who can bring it all together in a way that continues to improve access and opportunities for students. I’m confident that any of these candidates can harness that potential and take BPS to the next level.”
    On February 23, 24, 25, 26 each finalist will spend one day in Boston participating in a series of public interviews with the School Committee, as well as panel discussions with BPS students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and community partners. 
    Additionally, the candidates’ applications will be posted on the search web site: The public is encouraged to review the applications, watch the panel sessions and provide feedback about the candidates. An on-line form for interested parties to provide feedback will also be available on the same site as the applications.
    The School Committee will then hold a special meeting to vote on the next superintendent on March 3 at 6 p.m. at 26 Court Street, Winter Chambers.
    “The School Committee is pleased to receive these recommendations,” said Michael D. O’Neill, chair of the School Committee and a member of the Search Committee. “The search committee worked diligently to identify four highly qualified candidates for this critical position. As we begin the final, public phase of the search, I encourage all BPS stakeholders to attend or watch a panel discussion, and share their feedback online with the School Committee.”
    John McDonough will continue serving as interim superintendent through the 2014-15 school year.
    Added Mr. O’Neill, “On behalf of the School Committee, I want to express our deep gratitude to John McDonough and his entire team for their incredible leadership. John has made tough, bold choices to move the district forward and position the next superintendent for success. We are extremely grateful.”
    Documents of Interest:
    Superintendent Qualities and Qualifications:
    Search Firm Process:
    May 16, 2014 memo from HYA recommending the Search Committee extend the process to attract a broader pool of candidates.  
    October 2, 2014 Superintendent Search Update Memo 
    October 3, 2014 Revised Search Calendar 
    November 17, 2014 Superintendent Search Update Memo
    Search Committee Meeting Minutes:
    February 19, 2015 - Executive Session
    February 8, 2015 - Executive Session
    January 31, 2015 - Executive Session 
    January 30, 2015 - Executive Session 
    January 24, 2015 - Executive Session 
    January 23, 2015 - Executive Session 
    January 22, 2015 - Executive Session 
    January 15, 2015 - Executive Session

    April 23, 2014



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