Phoenix Union Governing Board Unanimously Name Dr. Chad E. Gestson Permanent Superintendent
Posted by Community Relations at 2/11/2016
The Phoenix Union Governing Board unanimously named Dr. Chad E. Gestson the permanent superintendent at the February 4 board meeting, halting the superintendent search process. “I am honored and excited to serve this community for many years to come. Phoenix Union is poised for great success in the future - an excellent governing board, exceptional leadership at all employee levels, a supportive community, and the best students,” Gestson said. Gestson had been serving as the interim superintendent since August, when Dr. Kent Scribner was hired to lead the Fort Worth, TX Independent School District. Gestson’s interim contract was to run through June 30 while a superintendent search began in November. The Governing Board will begin work on Gestson’s new contract. Gestson, 38, who has been with Phoenix Union for seven years, becomes the 18th permanent superintendent and youngest in the 121-year history of Phoenix Union. After serving as principal of Camelback High School for five years, he became a member of the superintendent’s Leadership team last year as the Director of School Leadership, overseeing principals and developing future principals and assistant principals in an Aspiring Leaders program. Gestson spent five years as an administrator in the Isaac School District, and taught for three years in the Roosevelt Elementary District. A Teach for America product, prior to his public education career, he was a commercial construction superintendent in Seattle. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, two Masters from ASU and Northern Arizona, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from NAU.