SD73 announces new superintendent

Dr. Rhonda Nixon has been hired as the new CEO and superintendent for SD73. (SD73 Board of Education)

A new superintedent and CEO has been hired for SD73.

Dr. Rhonda Nixon was appointed by the Board of Education of School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson), and will start in the role July 1, 2021.

Former superintendent Dr. Terry Sullivan returned to the role mid-2020 after Alison Sidow announced she would be retiring at the end of August. He was to serve until the Board announced a permanent superintendent this in January 2021.

“The Board is confident that Dr. Nixon has the experience, credentials and dedication in education to continue the tradition of strong leadership with the district,” said Rhonda Kershaw, chair for SD73.

According to a meda release, Dr. Nixon hails from Alberta and with her brings 30 years as an educator in rural, rural-urban and large school districts, as well as a post-secondary professor at the University of Victoria. Her previous roles include elementary, junior and secondary teacher, and vice-principal, principal, division consultant and division administrator.

“I am truly privileged to join and lead such a high-performing division provincially,” said Dr. Nixon during a Board of Education Zoom meeting posted to Facebook.

She is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, overseeing inclusive and early education, english as a second language, Indigenous education, K-12 curriculum, distance and outreach education, alternative education programs, educational technologies and data management.

She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree, a Master of Education Degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.

“I am excited to serve in the role of Superintendant of Schools in a district that is known for excellence and innovation,” said Dr. Nixon. “The District’s continuous improvement in provincial reading and writing standards for all students is evidence of a strong professional learning culture focused on thoughtul exploration of research-based practices.”

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