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State Board Names Finalists for State Superintendent Position

June 16, 2016

The Utah State Board of Education has named Dr. Taran Chun and Dr. Sydnee Dickson as finalists for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Both applicants will be interviewed in a public meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Chun, who currently works as a school administrator in the Alpine School District, also serves on Utah Valley University’s Board of Trustees and is an adjunct university professor. He is the lead evaluator for AdvancED, the accreditation body for K-12 schools in Utah. Prior to his role in Alpine, Chun worked in the Provo and Granite school districts. Chun holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Dickson has worked for the Utah State Board of Education in various capacities since leaving a position on Granite School District’s administrative team. She previously worked in Davis and Murray school districts in school leadership roles. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy and M.Ed. degrees in Education Administration and School Counseling. Dickson has served as interim state superintendent since March.

Interviews will begin at 4 p.m. June 23 at the State Board of Education’s office, at 250 E. 500 South in Salt Lake City. The interviews will stream live.

The State Board convened a Superintendent Selection Committee, following the resignation of Brad C. Smith earlier this year. The group, comprised of a subset of the State Board, was charged with bringing finalist names to the full Board for consideration, as outlined in State Board bylaws. The committee used feedback gathered in a public online survey that asked which qualities and characteristics people believe are most important in a state superintendent. The position was listed for 30 days before closing in late May. Semi-finalist interviews were conducted June 7.

Emilie Wheeler, communication specialist
Utah State Board of Education
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Utah State Board of Education
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