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November 22, 2014

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MVSU Alumna Named District Superintendent

April 23, 2014

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education announced Dr. Talisa Dixon has been named as the next district superintendent.

Dr. Dixon currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching & Learning for the Saginaw Public School District in Saginaw, Michigan. Dr. Dixon will take over the position of Superintendent from Dr. Nylajean R. McDaniel who will retire on July 31, 2014.

“We were very fortunate to have a selection of extremely qualified candidates, but in the end, Dr. Dixon was the clear choice for us,” said Board President Ron Register. “She has the experience and leadership abilities we were looking for to improve our instructional programing and tie those concepts in with our upcoming facility renovations. We are looking forward to Dr. Dixon’s leadership for years to come.”

Dr. Dixon comes to the CH-UH District very familiar with Ohio. She began her professional career as an instructor at The University of Akron. She later taught high school social studies prior to serving as an assistant principal for Akron City Schools. She also served in two principal roles in the Columbus Schools.

A graduate of Mississippi Valley State University with a B.A. degree, Dr. Dixon also holds three M.A. degrees and an Ed.D. from The University of Akron.

The CH-UH Board of Education chose Dr. Dixon after a thorough and exhaustive selection process, which included a national search with the help of a search consultant and substantial community input.

Dr. Dixon was among three finalists who each spent a day in the District last week. They each toured several school buildings, met with staff and students and later participated in a question and answer session with community members. The other two finalists for the position were Zheadric Barbra, Executive Director of School Turnaround of the Syracuse, New York School District, and Fred Bolden, Director of Business and Personnel of the Solon City Schools.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the CH-UH School District’s next superintendent,” said Dr. Dixon.  “I am excited about the opportunity to meet and work with the Tiger Nation staff, students and community. Together we can create a school community that provides meaningful partnerships for the academic success for all children. This is an exhilarating time to join the CH-UH School District and I am committed for the long haul.”