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Superintendent Search Process Yields Three Finalists to Be Announced Next Week

At its meeting on March 14, 2023, the Personnel Search Committee considered six candidates for the position of New Haven Public Schools superintendent and over a span of five hours selected three finalists who will interview the week of March 27.

The firm of McPherson and Jacobson, LLC, Executive Recruitment and Development, presented the six candidates for consideration after a thorough review of 31 applicants for the position. In making these determinations, they considered the qualifications of each candidate and their apparent ability to do the work ahead in the New Haven Public Schools. In each case, the consultants tried to determine whether a candidate’s skills and abilities aligned with the criteria established by the search committee and the feedback received from stakeholders.

“This was a really impressive pool of candidates who were interested in living and working in New Haven,” said Dr. Judy Sclair-Stein, lead consultant for the search.

After the committee had the opportunity to review the application materials, resumes, video interviews and reference summaries, the committee then made a decision to bring forward three of the six candidates as finalists for the position. These finalists will be interviewed the week of March 27 by stakeholder groups of students, parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, and community and business leaders, as well as the search committee.

“The number and quality of the candidates were so exceptional that we were challenged to pare the list to three finalists,” said Board President Yesenia Rivera. “We were helped by the thorough vetting process undertaken by McPherson and Jacobson. We look forward to the advice of our community as we make a final selection.”

The final candidates will be announced next week.