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    Board of Education Announces Dr. Talisa Dixon as Next Superintendent of Columbus City Schools

    Concluding a thorough and transparent national search for the next leader of Ohio’s largest school district, the Columbus Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Talisa Dixon as the next Superintendent/CEO of Columbus City Schools.

    The Board’s vote Thursday evening was unanimous. Following the Board’s decision, President Gary L. Baker II contacted the finalist by phone to congratulate her.

    Dr Dixon visits Eastgate Elementary

    “During this process, the Board's interviews and community feedback revealed Dr. Dixon’s high level of experience and capability to lead our District,” said President Baker. “Yet it was during her Day in the District this past week that we saw how well received she was by our students, our families, and so many members of our community.” Pictured above is Dr. Dixon's visit with students and staff at Eastgate Elementary.

    Dr. Dixon is currently Superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools. She would be the 21st superintendent to lead Columbus City Schools since 1847. 

    It’s hoped that she will start the new position on or about January 1, 2019.

    Before the selection is finalized, the candidate will undergo a complete background check. Then a contract will need to be negotiated with assistance from the Board’s outside legal counsel Taft Law.

    “In the meantime, the Board will continue to look to our Interim Superintendent to lead this District forward,” added Board President Baker. “We thank Dr. John Stanford for addressing and advancing several key initiatives and launching our successful school year. We know he will keep this District on a mission-driven path that lays a firm foundation for our next superintendent.”

    More details of Dr. Dixon's transition into the Superintendent/CEO role and her move to Columbus will be shared in the coming weeks.



    The Columbus Board of Education took part in a national search for the next Superintendent/CEO of Ohio’s largest school district. The Board sought an innovative leader who would guide our nationally-recognized District as we advance our mission of increased student success, effective learning environments, and continued community accountability.

    To help identify candidates to become our new Superintendent, the Board has enlisted BWP & Associates, a well-known and respected firm which has conducted hundreds of successful executive searches. The Board is also working with the Education Service Center of Central Ohio (Dr. Bill Reimer) and expert mediator Professor William Froehlich from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. Providing direct legal counsel are representatives of the Taft Law firm: Janica Pierce Tucker, who represents several colleges and universities on employment and public records matters, and Rita McNeil Danish, former Franklin County Domestic Judge and former City Attorney in Cincinnati and Dayton.



    You can read more about Talisa Dixon, Superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools (bio prepared by BWP search firm).


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