CORVALLIS - The Corvallis School District will have a new superintendent next year.
Earlier this week, the Corvallis School Board selected Tim Johnson from a field of six finalists to replace Monte Silk, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
Johnson currently serves as principal of the Potomac School District. Prior to that, he was Dean of Students and a teacher in the Prior Lake-Savage Schools and Twin Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Before that, he served as an elementary teacher in two districts in Minnesota.
Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and his master of education degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He earned an Ed.S. as a K-12 principal from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He is currently enrolled in the education leadership program at the University of Montana in Missoula.
“We were impressed with the quality of the applicants going in to the interviews and that quality became even more apparent during our two days of interviews,” said Corvallis school board chair Wilbur Nisly. “The finalists had a variety of strengths that could serve us well in Corvallis. We are excited about the vision and passion Tim Johnson demonstrated through the interview process and we know he will be a dynamic leader for Corvallis in the years to come. We heard great things about Tim coming in to the interviews and the board saw not only his dedication to education and passion for kids, but his leadership style as traits that will serve the students, staff, and community well.”
Nisly described the school board’s deliberations as “tough.”
“We met six individuals who are accomplished in their field and who have outstanding leadership qualities,” he said. “I would like to publicly thank the wonderful candidates that gave a lot of time and effort to applying, traveling here, and interviewing for this position. While regretting that we had to say no to five very viable candidates, we look forward to working with Tim and continuing and expanding upon our tradition of excellence.”
The public was invited to meet the six finalists during an ice cream social on Sunday evening. Three finalists had meetings with staff and students and tours of the schools on Monday, and three more came on Tuesday, prior to their formal public interviews with the school board on those evenings.
Johnson begins his service in Corvallis on July 1, 2014.
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