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News Release: Search Group Partners to Assist in Search for State Superintendent

Connie Linardakis-Spyropoulos, Managing Director, Executive Practice, will lead the search

SALT LAKE CITY, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Executive search firm SEARCH Group Partners (SGP) has been retained by the Utah State Board of Education to lead in its search for a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Martell Menlove, the current State Superintendent, announced his retirement in March. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees a staff of nearly 1,100 employees and is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 billion to district and charter schools.

As the principal executive officer of the State Board of Education, the Superintendent directs the work of the Utah State Office of Education and assists the State Board of Education in oversight of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The State Superintendent acts as the liaison to the Governor, State Legislature, and other stakeholders on behalf of the State Board of Education.

“The work of the next State Superintendent will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Utah students. One of our most important responsibilities as a Board of Education is in hiring a new superintendent,” said State Board Member Jefferson Moss, who chairs the Superintendent Search Committee. “We are pleased to engage the services of SEARCH Group Partners to help us conduct an expert, nationwide search for this crucial position. SEARCH Group Partners will conduct vital work in helping us to broaden the pool of quality candidates and in ensuring we find the very best person for this job.”

SEARCH Group Partners’ initial search is expected to take approximately six to eight weeks, after which it will turn over to the Board of Education the names of at least six qualified candidates who will be reviewed in addition to others. Connie Linardakis-Spyropoulos, who spearheads SGP’s Executive Search practice, and who will lead the search, said, “We are honored to be awarded this critical search for the State. This role impacts some of the most essential facets of our community, school system and children. We will be conducting a wide-ranging search to recruit the absolute best candidate for this opportunity.”

Interested candidates should contact Connie Linardakis-Spyropoulos, Managing Director/SEARCH Group Partners at 801.407.5877 or

About SEARCH Group Partners

SEARCH Group Partners (SGP) is a premier boutique recruiting firm, with offices in Utah, Tennessee and New York– conducting searches on a nationwide basis. SGP provides professional talent acquisition and consulting services. The services SGP offers include temporary, temporary-to-hire, permanent placement, consulting, interim management transitions, on-site solutions, outsourcing, and talent development.

SGP’s customized searches and individual attention is dedicated to the following niches: Accounting & Finance, Office & Administrative, Technology, Health Care & Life Sciences, Supply Chain, Industrial and Executive & Senior Management.

Search Group Partners is the proud winner of Inavero’s Best of Staffing® 2014 Client Satisfaction Award. To learn more about the company, visit


SEARCH Group Partners Contact:
Connie Spyropoulos-Linardakis, Managing Director
p. 801.407.5877

State of Utah Contact:
Emilie Wheeler, Communications Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education
p. 801.707.8421

Media Contact:
Heather Nicholls, Marketing Director
p. 801.535.4620


To view this announcement in PDF format, click here: SGP-Search-Announcement

Utah State Board of Education
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