Finalists will meet with board directors and stakeholder groups; community members
can ask questions and offer written feedback Tuesday evening, April 12, Bainbridge High School
Bainbridge Island, WA — The Bainbridge Island School District Board of Directors has announced the names of four superintendent candidates who will participate in interviews Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13. The finalists are:
Dr. Peter Bang-Knudsen, assistant superintendent for administrative services, Bainbridge Island School District, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Dr. Molly Evans, assistant superintendent for educational services, Litchfield Elementary School District, Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Dr. Steve Matthews, superintendent, Novi Community School District, Novi, Mich.
Michael Tolley, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Wash.
After reviewing the qualifications of 24 applicants from across the nation, and even a few from overseas, we feel these candidates represent a rich variety of leadership experiences that would benefit our district,” said Board President Mev Hoberg.
Each finalist will participate in interviews with board directors and attend meetings with various stakeholder groups, including a community forum where candidates will take questions from community members who will also have an opportunity to provide written feedback.
Staff and community forums will take place Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Bainbridge High School. “We have crafted a schedule that enables the community to meet all four candidates in one evening, so we hope people will take the time to come out and get to know them,” Hoberg said.
Dr. Peter Bang-Knudsen grew up on Bainbridge Island and graduated from Bainbridge High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Whitman College, master’s degree at Seattle University, and doctorate at the University of Washington. Bang-Knudsen served the Bellevue School District for 17 years as teacher, curriculum developer and assistant principal. He was also principal at the Bellevue International School. In 2010, he joined the Bainbridge Island School District as associate superintendent of administrative services.
Dr. Molly Evans, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Litchfield Elementary School District, grew up in a family of educators and spent her early career as an elementary school teacher. Serving as an instructional coach led to a passion for educational leadership. After pursuing a master’s degree in leadership, Evans served the district as a principal for eight years and opened a new school. She recently completed her dissertation defense for a doctorate in organizational leadership.
Dr. Steve Matthews has served as superintendent of the Novi Community School District since 2011. Prior to that, he was superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools and director of curriculum and assessment for the Troy School District. His teaching career includes being an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University. Matthews holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s in education from Texas Tech University, and a doctorate from Wayne State University. He publishes a blog called The Superintendent’s Chair.
Michael Tolley began his education career teaching marine biology and was an adjunct professor in the department of biology, College of Charleston. He was also a biotechnology education instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his role as associate superintendent for Seattle Public Schools, Tolley served the district as director of high schools and executive director of schools for the southeast region. Tolley has spent more than 17 years as a high school principal and central office administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree from The Citadel.
District board directors began their search last November after Superintendent Faith Chapel announced her decision to retire in June after eight years at the helm.