Dallas ISD Constituents:
I am pleased to announce that the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has selected Mike Miles as our sole finalist for the Superintendent of Schools. Our vote comes after a rigorous and thorough process and one which involved significant community input from more than 700 stakeholders.
On behalf of my fellow trustees, I want to thank everyone who provided input into the Superintendent Profile. Trustees considered those attributes while making our decision on selecting a new superintendent.
Proact Search assisted the Board in recruiting and searching for high quality candidates. Nearly 90 persons submitted an application. We interviewed both traditional and non-traditional candidates from an elite pool. While all of the candidates had most of the qualities we valued, one candidate stood out: Mike Miles.
In order for the Dallas Independent School District to move towards being a premier urban school system, it will need a unique superintendent who has a proven track record of leadership, vision, and innovation: nationally known Mike Miles.
In education, Mike has held positions as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and currently, Superintendent of the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He knows what it means to be college and workforce ready. He holds degrees from West Point, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University.
Mike has 28 years of leadership experience in high-intensity environments as an Army Ranger, U.S. Diplomat, and Superintendent of Schools. He has spent his entire life serving the public interest and for the last 17 years, he has devoted his time and energy to improving outcomes for at-risk children. He will ensure we continue our mission of educating all students for success.
Mike turned around a struggling and low-performing district in Colorado and is a recognized educational leader in his state. His ideas and innovations around systems thinking, measuring teacher and principal effectiveness, and building an adaptive organization have been recognized by national education institutes and have been adopted by numerous districts across the country.
The future of Dallas ISD has begun. I believe I speak for the Board of Trustees in saying that we look forward to a very exciting and rewarding tenure with Mike Miles. However, in accordance with state law, the board must wait at least 21 days before taking final action on his employment as superintendent.
On behalf of my fellow trustees, I appreciate your interest in this very important process, leading to our decision and your continued support for Dallas ISD.
Lew Blackburn, Ph.D.