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Scottsdale Unified School District Permanent Superintendent Search

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has undertaken the process that will lead to the hiring of a permanent Superintendent to lead the District, starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

On August 14, 2018, the Governing Board voted to retain Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard in that position until June 30, 2019, or until a permanent Superintendent is hired.

Please refer to the timeline below for key dates in the search process and opportunities for public engagement.

SUSD Superintendent Timeline
Date Activity
9/27/2018 Board to approve Superintendent selection criteria and job posting
No later than 10/5/2018 Begin advertising Superintendent position
10/23/2018 - 10/25/2018 Stakeholder Group Meetings:
11/8/2018 Summary of Stakeholder Group Meetings to Governing Board; will also be posted publicly
11/16/2018 Compensation Report to Governing Board; will also be posted on websites
11/20/2018 Governing Board Meeting to receive oral report on Stakeholder Group Meetings, select applicant interview questions, determine interview procedures and decide on Superintendent compensation package
11/27/2018 Closing date for Superintendent applications
12/20/2018 Governing Board Meeting to meet with Stakeholder Group chairs, review Superintendent applications, select finalists, review interview questions, finalize candidates' January 2019 daily and District interview schedules
1/22/2019 - 1/25/2019 Interviews
1/28/2019 Governing Board Executive Session - Selection of Superintendent
PDF: Superintendent Community Search Forums


October 2, 2018:  Superintendent search firm posts SUSD job.

September 27, 2018:  Special Governing Board approves the selection criteria for Superintendent and job posting for the Superintendent position.

September 25, 2018:  Governing Board approves a timeline for the Permanent Superintendent Search (see left), target dates for the selection process and advertising venues for the search.

August 30, 2018:  Governing Board approves contract with McPherson & Jacobson LLC to conduct SUSD's Superintendent Search

August 14, 2018:  Governing Board votes to retain Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard in that position until June 30, 2018, or until a permanent Superintendent is hired.

August 14, 2018:  Governing Board reviews committee recommendation and selects McPherson & Jacobson LLC to conduct the search for SUSD's next Superintendent.

August 13, 2018:  Committee comprised of Interim CFO Jeff Gadd, Purchasing Director Eva Dino and Purchasing Senior Buyer Marty Topham reports to Governing Board that Hazzard, Young Attea & Associates and McPherson & Jacobson LLC meet the district's criteria to conduct the Superintendent Search.

June 4, 2018:  Four quotes were returned:

  • McPherson & Jacobson LLC - $36,900
  • MDZ HR LLC - $42,500
  • JG Consulting - No bid
  • Hazzard, Young, Attea & Associates - $38,850

May 29, 2018:  Request For Written Quote (RFQ) No. 18035R was issued to the four firms  that had previously submitted RFQs for the Interim Superintendent Search

April 12, 2018:  The SUSD Governing Board voted to issue a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to qualified search firms to assist the District in securing a Permanent Superintendent.