An article in the Seattle Times this week, Vander Ark steps down from education post at Gates Foundation, makes me think Tom Vander Ark is throwing is hat in the ring for the Seattle Schools superintendent job. According to the article, he is staying with the Gates Foundation with a new position in January 2007 as a Senior Fellow. But I also read a recent quote of his that no one should stay in a foundation for too long, and that he wants to get back in the field.
Vander Ark is the candidate touted by Robert Jamieson, Jr. in the PI today in his column, Jamieson: Take this schools job and love it. But he also discussed the Norm Rice rumor and other potential ideas, such as the Buffalo schools superintendent, Dr. James Williams.
Here are some selected links about all three possible candidates:
- Mayor Norman Rice's Remarks from 2006 Regional Assembly
- The Seattle Times: Opinion: More money isn't the answer for ...
- Taking the Long View: Q&A with Tom Vander Ark of the Bill ...
- PND - - Tom Vander Ark, Executive Director, Education, Bill ...
I know it is the job of the School Board to recruit and hire the superintendent, but let's help them out. Who do you think we should be considering for the job? And what should the criteria be for selecting a new superintendent?