• This page will be updated as the MSD School Board proceeds with the search for a new superintendent. Please check back often for information about the search process and opportunities to give your feedback. 

    Superintendent Search Process 

    On Thursday, February 28th the Medford School Board acknowledged Dr. Brian Shumate’s resignation letter. Dr. Shumate’s last day as superintendent is June 30th 2019. 

    The search is underway for a new superintendent. 

    Here’s our timeline: 

    March 7th - Staff and Community Meetings (scheduled throughout the day)

    March 7th at 7 p.m. - Public Forum

    March 5th - 12th - Online Input Survey (survey now closed)

    March 18th - ‘Ideal’ Candidate Profile Identified by the School Board (view profile here: MSD Superintendent Profile)

    April 25 - 26th Finalist Interviews

    May - Finalist Announced


    Happening Now

    As we begin this exciting search, the district wants to know what is important to you. We want to know what leadership qualities, expertise, and experiences matter most to you in a superintendent.

    On Thursday, March 7th at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a public forum in the boardroom at the Medford School District office.

    Process Overview

    Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make. Our board members are committed to finding the right person for the job.

    Here’s the process they’ve followed so far:

    Our school board has selected a search consultant. The consultant is conducting a nationwide search for candidates. The consultant will assist in helping with the screening and interview process.

    The next step is to develop an ‘ideal’ candidate profile. To do this, the board is seeking public input during a public forum on March 7th at 7 p.m. It will be in the Medford School District office boardroom.

    Online Input Survey 

    Staff, parents, and community members had a survey available to them from March 5 - 12. That survey is now closed.

    Ideal Candidate Profile Identified - View Profile Here: MSD Superintendent Profile

    With information about what is important to Medford School District families from the public forum and online survey, the board will identify an ‘Ideal Candidate Profile.’

    This profile will be used in the screening and interviewing process. 

    Community Stakeholder Committee - Application can be found here: Application closed.

    Applications to be included on the confidential Community Stakeholder Committee will be received through noon on April 10, 2019. The board will select a panel consisting of employees, community and business members, parents and students. Stakeholder panelists selected will spend approximately one hour with each finalist, engaging in a scripted interview.  Interview questions will be constructed in advance, but panelists will have the opportunity to offer suggestions for those questions.

    Following the interview, the panelists will engage with the consultants in a protocol that elicits feedback and allows them to engage with each other. The feedback will then, later in the day, be provided to the Board prior to their interview with the finalist. The Board members will make use of the Stakeholder’s feedback as they craft questions for, and assess, each finalist. The stakeholder panelists are not being asked to make a recommendation – rather, to engage with the finalist and each other and offer feedback to the Board.

    Are you the next Superintendent of Medford, Oregon?

    Medford – the largest city in Southern Oregon – is seeking a new Superintendent of Schools.  This small city just north of the Oregon-California border is scenically beautiful, a perfect spot if you love the outdoors.  With plenty to do and a regional airport in its backdoor, this is a terrific city that’s “big enough” but “not too big.”

    Boasting a highly engaged staff, strong community engagement, beautiful and well-maintained school campuses, and well-managed growth, Medford seeks a leader to continue the impressive momentum that it has embraced and experienced over the last several years.

    The Superintendent of Medford plays a critical role not only in the leadership of the school organization, but in the life of a city that is a regional hub and the largest city by far in Southern Oregon.  This is an engaged city that cares deeply about its schools and seeks a leader who plans to come and put down roots in a place that offers an extraordinary quality of life.

    Application process is closed. 

    And please feel free to reach out to me in confidence, as well as to forward this on to any school leaders of outstanding talent.

    Have a great weekend,


    Hank Harris
    President, Human Capital Enterprises

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