Rich Nye to serve as next Ogden School District superintendent

Thursday , March 16, 2017 - 8:17 PM1 comment

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN -— Rich Nye will be the next Ogden School District superintendent.

The announcement was made at a Board of Education meeting Thursday, March 16. Nye will take over the position on July 1. 

“What an honor and privilege. I am truly humbled and inspired by the dedication of the administrators, teachers and students to the well-being of our district and community,” Nye said in a statement from the district. 

He is the current deputy superintendent of student achievement for the Utah State Board of Education. He was also once the director of assessment, research and evaluation for Ogden School District and a Ben Lomond High School instructor, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting

“Although when I left, I felt this would hopefully become my path,” he said. “I knew that perhaps leaving for two years would help me prepare to take this next step, and now I understand better the intersection of state and policy, which has been very rewarding. But the only thing that can take me away from those responsibilities is this appointment.”

Jeff Heiner, Ogden school board president, said in the statement he’s excited for Nye to come back because of his familiarity with the district.

“Selfishly, we didn’t want to see him go, but we knew Rich was special — real special, and we knew he would gain invaluable educational experiences that would expose him to an even bigger picture of education’s highs and lows at the state level,” Heiner said. “Dr. Nye comes back to Ogden prepared to take the district to the next level and beyond.”

Nye will be the district’s 17th superintendent. Nye’s annual salary was not immediately available, district spokesman Jer Bates said in an email Thursday.

The new superintendent grew up in South Ogden and currently lives in Ogden with his wife and three children. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Weber State University and a doctoral degree in education from Utah State University.

Sitting district Superintendent Sandy Coroles announced her retirement effective June 30 at a March board meeting. She has been the district's superintendent since 2012.

Prior to Coroles taking the job, the superintendent position was held by the controversial Brad Smith. Under Smith's leadership, teacher departures reached a 7-year high, according to Standard-Examiner archives.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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