Memphis college district’s superintendent search will begin over once more

Memphis college district’s superintendent search will begin over once more


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The Memphis-Shelby County Colleges board is rebooting its superintendent search, with plans to solicit recent neighborhood enter, invite new candidates, and rent a everlasting chief in early 2024. 

The transfer to restart the search might entice certified candidates who specialists say might have been repelled by a course of that received derailed by discord amongst board members. 

The brand new chief would begin on or earlier than July 1, probably with a transition interval concurrent with interim Superintendent Toni Williams, who acquired a contract extension Tuesday. Based mostly on that timeline, the method to discover a everlasting successor to Joris Ray — who departed in August 2022 amid an investigation into alleged misconduct — may have taken almost two years.

It’s the primary time that the merged Memphis-Shelby County district has resolved to finish a nationwide search because it was shaped a decade in the past. Ray and his predecessor, Dorsey Hopson, had been each elevated from the interim publish. Williams, who was named a finalist in April, withdrew from consideration as a situation of her contract extension.

Board members met on Wednesday with Max McGee, president of search agency Hazard, Younger, Attea and Associates, to debate the right way to proceed.

McGee counseled the board’s “extraordinary” efforts to get the search again on monitor.   

The board expects to relaunch a neighborhood engagement effort for the search, too, as a step towards mending strained relationships with neighborhood advocates who’ve grown annoyed with the board’s actions. 

After they launched the nationwide search in late 2022, board members promised a course of that will assist restore belief in district management. However the board started to fracture after the preliminary three finalists had been named in April, and it paused the seek for two months. Solely just lately did board members agree on a set of {qualifications} and nail down their coverage on minimal necessities for the job. 

These {qualifications} might be mirrored within the new rubric for candidates that McGee refined with board members on Wednesday. Current candidates within the pool should reapply, together with the 2 remaining prime contenders. McGee recommended that the job be posted by Aug. 1. 

“As we speak it’s about us, united as a board, shifting ahead with HYA as we proceed this journey to get the perfect leaders for the scholars of Memphis-Shelby County Colleges,” stated board Chair Althea Greene.

The brand new {qualifications} embody: 

  • Strategic management on funds and finance
  • Governance and board management
  • Group advocate and politically savvy
  • Brave choice maker
  • Appeal to, retain, and construct capability of a powerful workforce
  • Means to positively influence tradition and local weather
  • Dynamic, visionary, adaptive chief
  • Confirmed monitor document of success
  • Efficient change administration
  • Robust tutorial visionary 

Candidates may even have to satisfy the minimal job necessities set by board coverage. The board relaxed these necessities this month to permit candidates with 10 years of labor expertise and a complicated diploma in any of a number of fields, slightly than simply schooling.

Some board members raised issues concerning the $19,000 price ticket and longer timeline related to restarting the search.

In a letter dated June 23, Hazard Younger instructed board members it had developed a brand new finalist listing after evaluating present candidates in opposition to the brand new standards and would current it Wednesday. Amber Huett-Garcia requested at Wednesday’s assembly if the slate could be shared. However no new finalists had been offered. 

“We’re not utilizing any names at present,” stated newly elected Vice Chair Joyce Dorse-Coleman.

Board member Kevin Woods, citing a vote made in mid-June, stated, “We acknowledged very publicly that we had been going to open the search up for brand new candidates.” 

Laura Testino covers Memphis-Shelby County Colleges for Chalkbeat Tennessee. Attain Laura at


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