Greendale Announces Superintendent Finalists

Two candidates have been selected as finalists for the Greendale School District superintendent job. The community is invited to meet them at events next week.

Correction: Incorrect information was supplied to Patch about finalist John Tharp's most recent job title. It has been corrected below. 

The Greendale Board of Education has selected two finalists to fill the open superintendent position  

Both candidates have doctorate degrees and prior experience as district administrators. The two candidates will visit the district next week to meet with school groups and the public. 

The “meet and greet” sessions will be held at the Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. One candidate will attend each session and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Board of Education.

Finalists are:

John Tharp most recently served as assistant superintendent of middle and high schools in Williamson County, TN. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will visit Greendale on Monday.

Susan Borden has been serving as the district administrator in the Germantown School District since 2010. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in educational leadership and policy analysis. She will visit Greendale on Tuesday. 

“Input from staff, families and the community about the candidates is an important piece of this process,” said School Board President Joe Crapitto. “The Board plans to make a final decision shortly after the interview process is complete and it is our hope to have Greendale's next superintendent in place in September.”

Sassybug July 31, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Defensive much? Sounds to me like “Ron” has spent some time serving on the school board. Having seen candidate one last night, I am not impressed. I certainly hope this evening’s candidate is a pleasant surprise. And no, that is not a "half cocked" opinion, nor does it come from someone who "knows nothing about the process". This type of arrogance is exactly what we need to correct. This should be a collaborative community effort to determine what is best for the future of our schools, not a School Board who dictating to the community what is best for them, as evidenced by the opportunity to evaluate only 2 candidates, rather than the three the Board committed to. I sensed a very similar posture from John Thorp last night and have no interest in continuing down that path. I hope the board takes into account the desires that the community clearly outlined during the sessions to define the qualities a good candidate would have. It would appear that they did not.
M.S. August 01, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Lets not forget that the Board is made up of people with the same interests as us, and that we elected them to represent us and make decisions. They had each candidate meet with different groups of constituents from our school community. Then meet in an open community forum. And we don't know why there were only 2 finalists. You assume it was a subversive Board maneuver. How do you know that candidate #3 didn't withdraw because of the public nature of the process?
M.S. August 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
In comparing the 2 candidates, Susan Borden definitely shows more of the relationship building and community values that would fit well with Greendale. Tharp seems to be competent, but too autocratic for a small district like ours. Let's hope the Board sees Borden's skills, and gives her a shot.
B.L. August 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The Greendale School Board has a lot of long term and dedicated members. They are trying to the best for the community. I am certain they have researched information on these candidates thoroughly and are doing their best to choose the most qualified person for the new superintendent position. They must be as dedicated to the community as everyone who has posted on this blog, as they have poured many hours of their lives into serving on the school board. We should trust them and support them in their efforts, even though some of the community may be disappointed that they did not choose another local candidate. The school board members know our district well, and I am confident they are trying to choose the best candidate with the information they have. We must remember that Greendale also hired an experienced consultant to help with the hiring process. Lets continue to work toward keeping Greendale's status as one of the premier school districts in Wisconsin, by supporting our school board in their efforts and being a united community. B.L.
Ron Burgundy August 01, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Well aren't we defensive. You've yet to describe what you consider to be "the desires that the community clearly outlined". What are those desires? Someone who is a lackey for individuals in the community. That the elected board members let the "community" make the choice for them? From all appearances, this has been an open and deliberate process starting from the consulting firm that was hired to conduct a search to the vetting process of reviewing the applicants and their respective experiences. Your process seems more like a mob rules process than an informed decision made by those who have all of the facts. You've given no specifics at all about what is so bad about the two candidates that are out there. Some of these comments from people are ludicrous, like "a subversive Board maneuver" and that Dr. Hughes left "because of this board." Lots of speculation. I know, recall the entire board! That's the ticket! People keep harping on "local" candidates not being considered. How do you know? Is someone on the board violating the confidentiality of the process. Do you even know what the process is? Do you know if confidentiality is required in the application process? Sounds like a lot of speculative griping by people who haven't had any experience in reviewing and deciding on applicants for such a position. I'm not a former, current or prospective board member or governmental official of any kind. Just someone with a vast amount of recruiting experience.


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