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State Board of Education Names Longtime Educator Patty Norman as Deputy Superintendent

June 2, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY – Veteran educator Patty Norman was named Friday as Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement at the Utah State Board of Education.

Norman has served as an assistant superintendent since summer 2016 and previously worked in the Davis School District. Effective July 1, 2017, Norman will be one of three deputy superintendents. She replaces Rich Nye, who will transition to the role of Ogden School District superintendent.

“I am honored to work with the amazing team at the State Board of Education in this different capacity,” Norman said. “Together, we can lead out to provide more opportunities for students, raise achievement for all while closing equity gaps, and increase avenues of communication for stakeholders.”

In Davis, Norman served as director of curriculum and instruction from 2012 to 2016. She previously worked as a supervisor and coordinator over math education and as an elementary teacher. Norman holds a Ph.D. in education curriculum and instruction from Utah State University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Weber State University.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson said Norman brings an innovative and collaborative perspective to the State Board of Education.

“Dr. Norman has shown an incredible ability to bring people together to work toward successful outcomes for students and schools. She holds high expectations for herself, her colleagues, and for students across the state, and we look forward to better utilizing her strengths,” Dickson said.

Contact: Emilie Wheeler, public information officer
801-707-8421 |

Utah State Board of Education
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