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Greenwich Superintendent McKersie Named Finalist For Post In Weston

Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie is seeking the Weston Superintendent post.
Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie is seeking the Weston Superintendent post. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Will Greenwich's loss be Weston's gain? Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent William S. McKersie announced Tuesday that he is the finalist for the post of superintendent for the Weston Public Schools.

"It would be an honor to lead the Weston Public Schools, which is known as one of the premier school districts in New England and nationally," McKersie said. "Like Greenwich, the Weston community sets the highest of expectations and provides its schools superb support.

"Greenwich always will have a special place in my heart and mind — for all that the town and school system stands for and achieves.”

Greenwich Board of Education Chairman Laura Erickson announced Friday that McKersie would not be seeking renewal of his contract, which ends June 2017.

“By several measures, the district is in a much better place than when the superintendent arrived four years ago and has benefited from a period of stable leadership,” she said. “I congratulate Dr. McKersie on being the finalist to lead the Weston Public Schools, and we will work closely with him over the next several months to ensure the pending transition will be a smooth one for the Greenwich Public Schools.”

According to a statement from the Weston schools, “Dr. McKersie’s candidacy is subject to a satisfactory site visit, background check, and formal appointment by the [Weston] Board in its May regularly scheduled meeting, and anticipate[s] that he will begin in Weston in early August.”

The new superintendent in Weston will replace Colleen Palmer, who is leaving the district to take the same job in neighboring Westport.

An educator for over 34 years, McKersie has been superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools since July 2012.

Before that, McKersie was the associate superintendent for academic excellence for the Archdiocese of Boston from 2008 to 2012, where he was responsible for providing the strategic direction to promote and ensure academic excellence, mission effectiveness, fiscal sustainability and school vitality in each of the 122 schools.

McKersie began his career as an admissions officer and faculty member of the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass. In 1986, he became the program officer for the Joyce Foundation in Chicago and then the senior program officer in 1989.

From 1990 to 1997, McKersie was an education policy consultant for a variety of educational organizations and commissions. In 1997, he became senior program director for The Cleveland Foundation. From 2002-2004, McKersie led a transformation project of Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

In 2004, McKersie became the associate dean for development and alumni relations for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

McKersie received a bachelors of arts degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University 1981, a master's in education from Harvard University in 1986 and a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1997.

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