Meet Your 4 Wilmington Superintendent Search Finalists

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee announced the four finalists of its Superintendent Search on Wednesday night:

  • Glenn Brand: former Superintendent, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
  • Nan Murphy: Director of Accountability and School Improvement, Lowell Public Schools
  • Patricia White-Lambright: Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, Melrose Public Schools
  • Michael Wood: Director of Student Services, Leicester Public Schools

“Over the past two weeks, the Screening Committee met on several occasions to review applications and interview candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools,” explained Screening Committee Chair and School Committee member Jennifer Bryson. “We enjoyed our conversations with applicants representing a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. We thank all those who expressed an interest in becoming our next school district leader.”

“The Screening Committee reviewed all [23] applications and subsequently selected [9] candidates who were invited to meet with the Screening Committee for a preliminary interview,” continued Bryson.” Following the preliminary interviews and after much discussion and consideration, the Screening Committee, during its January 22 meeting, voted to recommend the four candidates for further consideration by the Wilmington School Committee.”

The School Committee’s search firm — the New England School Developmental Council (NESDEC) — praised the work of the screening committee.

“The four candidates all bring something different to the table,” said NESDEC Executive Director Art Bettencourt. “The Screening Committee did a real service to the School Committee. Their work has put you in a great place.”

The School Committee hopes to bring two of the candidates to the district on Wednesday, February 7 and the other two candidates to the district on Monday, February 12.  During the day, beginning at 9:30am, each candidate will receive a tour of the district and meet with various district and school personnel.  At night, each candidate will meet with the School Committee for a 90-minute public interview (which will be taped by WCTV, but not air until all interviews are complete), plus meet with parents as part of a “community forum.”

Interviews are tentatively expected to start at 7pm on Wednesday, February 7 and 6:30pm on Monday, February 12.  Each School Committee will bring a list of 8-10 questions to ask, with the understanding that each candidate will likely only answer 8-12 questions in a 90-minute span.  While one candidate is being interviewed by the School Committee, the other will be meeting with parents as part of a community forum.

The School Committee formed a subcommittee, consisting of Jennifer Bryson and Peggy Kane, to help organize the logistics for the visits on February 7 and 12. The district’s HR Director Ken Storlazzi and the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant Tristen Dixey are expected to play a key role in planning as well.

Look for additional information on the visits from the School Committee in the coming days.

Below is additional information on the four finalists based on resumes provided by the School Committee:

Glenn Brand

  • Superintendent of Schools at Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (2014-2017)
  • Assistant Superintendent for Administration & Finance at Sharon Public Schools (2011-2014)
  • Principal, Pollard Middle School at Needham Public Schools (2006-2011)
  • Principal, Wareham Middle School at Wareham Public Schools (2004-2006)
  • Assistant Principal, Mattacheese Middle School at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District (2002-2004)
  • Assistant Principal, Hillside Senior Public Schools at The Peel District School Board in Ontario, Canada (2001-2002)
  • Classroom Teacher (Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 8) at the Peel District School Board in Ontario, Canada (1994-2001)
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Ontario; Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario; Master of Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto; and Doctor of Education from the University of Bath (U.K.), School of Education

Nan Skiff Murphy

  • Director of Accountability and School Improvement at Lowell Public Schools (2017 to present)
  • Principal, McAuliffe School (PreK-4) at Lowell Public Schools (2009 to 2017)
  • Assistant Principal, McAuliffe School at Lowell Public Schools (2007-2009)
  • Third Grade Teacher at Wilmington Public Schools (1997-2007)
  • Fourth Grade Teacher at Wilmington Public Schools (1995-1997)
  • First Grade Teacher at New Bern Public Schools, North Carolina (1992 to 1994)
  • Education: Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Trinity College of Vermont; Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Trinity College; Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (1-6) from Gordon College

Patricia B. White-Lambright

  • Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services at Melrose Public Schools (2010-present)
  • Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at Melrose Public Schools (2006-2010)
  • Director of Special Education at Georgetown Public Schools (1998-2006)
  • Special Education Coordinator (part-time) at Triton Regional School District (1994-1998)
  • Administrator of Special Education (part-time) at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District (1990-1994)
  • Special Education Resource Room Teacher at Pentucket Regional High School (1986-1990)
  • Special Education Teacher at Odyssey House, Inc. in Hampton, NH (1983-1986)
  • Special Education Teacher at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen (1981-1983)
  • Adjust instructor at Fitchburg State College (“Advanced Child Development” course) and Framingham State College (“Child Centered Issues in Society” course)
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Special Education at Wheelock College; Masters of Education in Administration at Wheelock College; Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Nova Southern University

Michael Wood

  • Interim Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, at Leicester Public Schools (2017-present)
  • Interim Superintendent of Schools at Leicester Public Schools (August 2017)
  • Director of Student Services at Leicester Public Schools (2016-present)
  • Executive Coach (Coaching and Mentoring Director of Special Education) at North Brookfield Public Schools (2015-2016)
  • Superintendent of Schools at Nashoba Regional School District (2003-2015)
  • Superintendent of Schools at MSAD #15 (Gray, New Gloucester) in Maine (1999-2003)
  • Superintendent of Schools at MSAD #62 (Pownal) in Maine (1996-1999)
  • Director of Special Education at MSAD #62 (Pownal) in Maine (1993-1999)
  • Principal at MSAD #62 (Pownal) in Maine (1993-1999)
  • Assistant Principal, Manchester Arlington Imediate School, at Windham School Department in Maine (1990-1991)
  • Teaching Principal, Little Falls School, at Gorham School Department in Maine (1988-1990)
  • Teacher, Village Elementary School, at Gorham School Department in Maine (1984-1988, 1991-1993)
  • Served on State’s Foundation Budget Review Commission (appointed member, 2014-2016) and Career and Vocational Education Task Force (2012-2013)
  • Adjunct instructor at University of New England’s Division of Continuing Professional Education (1996-2002)
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at University of Southern Maine; Master of Science in Education Administration at University of Southern Maine; and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Special Education at Boston University

Of note, Glenn Bland was just a finalist in the Lexington Superintendent Search and Patricia White-Lambright was a finalist in the Tewksbury Superintendent Search in 2016.

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