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Utah State Board of Education names four superintendent finalists

The Utah State Board of Education will interview four finalists for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

The interviews start at 3:30 p.m. at the Utah State Office of Education, 250 E. 500 South, in Salt Lake City. They will be conducted in open session, and the public is invited. The following individuals will be interviewed:

  • John Barge, current Georgia state superintendent
  • Martin Bates, current Granite School District superintendent
  • Rich Crandall, former director of the Wyoming Department of Education
  • Brad Smith, current Ogden School District superintendent

The finalists were selected from among a larger group of semi-finalists interviewed Sept. 15 by nearly 50 community stakeholders.

Each interview is expected to take approximately one hour. Board members are scheduled to privately discuss the candidates in their regular meeting Friday, Oct. 10. It is anticipated a new superintendent will be named in the days immediately following the interviews.

Former Superintendent Martell Menlove announced his retirement in March. The Board of Education then formed a Superintendent Search Committee, which conducted a nationwide search over the summer. In addition to soliciting applications and nominations through conventional methods, the committee also contracted with Search Group Partners, a Salt Lake City-based executive recruiting firm, to assist in finding qualified and interested candidates for the position.

Joel Coleman, superintendent for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, has served as the interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction since August.


Emilie Wheeler, communications specialist
Utah State Board of Education
801-707-8421 |


Utah State Board of Education
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