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DPS Board Moves Forward Susana Cordova as Finalist for Superintendent

Nov. 30, 2018


Contact: Alex Renteria, Manager of Media Relations, Alexandra_Renteria@dpsk12.org

DPS Board of Education Moves Forward Susana Cordova as Finalist for DPS Superintendent

Denver – Following a national search that began in August, Denver Board of Education members today moved forward a finalist for the next leader of Colorado’s largest school district.

Susana Cordova, currently the district’s deputy superintendent, is a DPS graduate who has spent her career in DPS classrooms as a bilingual secondary teacher, principal of a high-needs elementary school and administrator whose responsibilities now include direct supervision of all 165 district-run schools and an annual budget of more than $130 million. Cordova says she is committed to ensuring all students have caring, knowledgeable adults to support them as she was supported growing up in DPS. Her focus on equity has led to the transformation of services for students learning English and improved literacy rates for young learners across DPS. She is an extraordinary and accomplished educational leader. Read Susana’s full bio, cover letter and resume at supersearch.dpsk12.org.

The Board of Education sought to present multiple finalists and was on track to do so. However, prior to the selection of finalists, the only other candidates that matched the qualifications of Susana withdrew from consideration. The Board of Education elected to move forward with the process, believing it to be thorough, exhaustive and conducted with high integrity.

There will be a period of final engagement with our students, families, educators and community members, which will be a necessary component of the board’s decision-making process and will inform its final decision on Dec. 17.  This will take place between Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 14. Additional details are forthcoming.

Denver school board members reached out nationally following former Superintendent Tom Boasberg’s decision to step down after nearly a decade, contacting 95 potential candidates and hearing from another 27 interested people. Of those 122, 41 submitted applications by the Oct. 15 deadline.

All seven board members then reviewed each applicant’s materials and narrowed the pool to 14 before selecting seven candidates to interview. Following lengthy interviews with each candidate, board members chose Cordova to move forward as the finalist.

Read the full community engagement report, including key themes that emerged during the search. 

Learn more about the recruitment, application and initial interview process in this search update.