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Minneapolis Board of Education selects Ed Graff as preferred Superintendent candidate

May 24, 2016
Dirk Tedmon
Media Relations Specialist
Minneapolis Board of Education selects Ed Graff as preferred Superintendent candidate
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Board of Education has selected Ed Graff as the preferred candidate to be the next Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). The Board will begin contract negotiations and hopes to finalize a contract by Friday, May 27.
MPS Superintendent candidates underwent a rigorous public search process that included interviews with the Superintendent Selection Committee and Board Directors, meet-and-greet events with MPS staff, families and community members, and site visits conducted by Board Directors. 
In his more than 25 years as an educator, Ed Graff has worked for the best interest of all students. As superintendent of the Anchorage School District, he led implementation of the district’s comprehensive strategic plan, collaborated with more than 600 community partners, and ensured a district-wide focus on putting students first. Previously, Ed Graff served as a chief academic officer, an executive director of elementary education and a school principal. He holds a master’s in education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s from the University of Alaska.
In addition, tonight the Board voted to name Chief of Schools Michael Thomas as Interim Superintendent beginning June 1. Chief Thomas will serve as Interim Superintendent until the new Superintendent starts.
Learn more about Ed Graff and the Superintendent search process at board.mpls.k12.mn.us/Super-Search.
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