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State Superintendent Brad C. Smith Resigns

February 17, 2016

Brad C. Smith tendered his resignation as state superintendent of public instruction to members of the Utah State Board of Education today.

Smith, who was named superintendent in November 2014 after serving as Ogden School District’s superintendent for three years, focused during his tenure on improving educational outcomes for each student, working to close performance gaps between subgroups, and providing means to measure results.

State Board of Education Chair David L. Crandall said Smith should be credited with bringing together an effective and dedicated administrative team at the Utah State Office of Education.

“He assembled a great team, and we are confident in their abilities to continue working to improve student outcomes while working cooperatively with multiple community partners,” Crandall said.

Smith also played a leading role in gathering diverse educational audiences to provide insight while building the State Board’s strategic plan and was instrumental in implementing the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act, aimed at helping Utah’s struggling schools.

“Brad Smith is a true education visionary whose focus on evidence-based reforms has moved the needle in ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready for the 21st century,” said First Vice Chair David L. Thomas.

“I have always enjoyed talking with Brad about his vision for public education of a greater focus on the diverse needs of individual students. He sees each student as a growing scholar,” said Second Vice Chair Jennifer Johnson.

Acting State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson will continue in that role. The Board will discuss future plans during a meeting this Thursday at the Utah State Office of Education.

Contact:   Emilie Wheeler, communication specialist
                              Utah State Board of Education
                              801-707-8421 | Emilie.wheeler@schools.utah.gov

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