Board picks New Jersey educator
to be the district's next superintendent
ALBANY, N.Y. (July
24, 2012) --
The City School District of Albany Board of Education
has selected Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., as its choice to become
the district’s next superintendent. The board voted July 24 to ask the
New York State Department of Education to grant Dr. Vanden Wyngaard a
School District Leader certificate that would allow her to serve in that
“Dr. Vanden Wyngaard has the experience, drive and
commitment to be an outstanding superintendent for our school district
and a strong leader in our community,” said board President Dan Egan.
“She was enthusiastically received by the community groups that
interviewed our six semifinalists in June. Her strengths closely match
our needs, and the board concluded that she would be an excellent fit
for our city. ”
Dr. Vanden Wyngaard is deputy superintendent in the
Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools. Although she currently does not hold a
School District Leader certificate in New York state, she is certified
as a superintendent in New Jersey, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has been
second-in-command in the 28,000-student Paterson district since 2010 and
has been a senior administrator for the previous eight years.
She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction
from Kent State University.
State education law allows Commissioner John B. King
Jr., Ed.D., to grant a School District Leader certificate to
exceptionally qualified candidates who do not meet certain educational
and training requirements in New York state. In those cases, the law
allows the commissioner to grant a certificate to those “whose
exceptional training and experience are the substantial equivalent of
such requirements and qualify such persons for the duties of a
superintendent of schools.”
The board strongly believes Dr. Vanden Wyngaard
meets those standards, Egan said.
A decision from State Ed regarding Dr. Vanden
Wyngaard’s certification could take 3-6 weeks. Current Superintendent
Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., is under contract with the district through
In Paterson, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard is responsible for
day-to-day operations of all facets of the school district, which has an
annual budget of approximately $560 million. In Albany, she would lead a
district with 8,600 students and a 2012-13 budget of $207.7 million.
Dr. Vanden Wyngaard would be the second
African-American woman to lead the district; Eleanor Powell Bartlett
served as interim superintendent during the 1996-97 school year.
The board selected Dr. Vanden Wyngaard from an
original candidate pool of 27 candidates after a national search in
March and April. The board narrowed the field to 10 candidates for
initial interviews in May, and then to six semifinalists for meetings
with three teams of community members in June.
Following the input of the community groups, the
board selected Dr. Vanden Wyngaard as one of three finalists. The board
conducted final interviews with those candidates July 12-14.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,600
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High