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Mayor Bowser Announces Details of Search for DCPS Chancellor

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser announced the formation of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Rising Leadership Committee, a review panel that will serve and assist the Mayor during the process of selecting a new Chancellor. The Committee will consist of DCPS principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members. Pat McGuire, President of Trinity University and Gina Adams, FedEx Senior Vice President for Government Affairs will Co-Chair the Committee.

“With the selection of a new Chancellor, District residents have a huge opportunity to shape the next 10 years of bold education reform,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “DCPS is the fastest improving urban district in the country, and we are committed to building on the foundation we’ve developed to help all of our students succeed.”

Mayor Bowser also announced that Boyden, an executive search firm, will work collaboratively with Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Jennifer Niles to identify the best candidate for Chancellor.

“This is an important moment for the District, its students and families,” said DME Jennifer Niles. “I look forward to working with Boyden, the DCPS Rising Leadership Committee, and District residents as we move forward with this process.”

District residents can stay engaged by visiting This will be a central place where residents can get information about the search, provide input on their DCPS priorities, and candidates can be connected to the search firm.

In August and September, the DME will lead a series of priority check-in sessions across the District. These forums will be an opportunity for DME to provide an overview of DCPS progress to date, emphasize growth areas for the next chancellor, and lead participant discussions of priorities for DCPS. Following the forums, DME will compile community priorities to share with residents and the Mayor, which will inform the Chancellor selection and next DCPS Strategic Plan (2017-2022).