An assistant professor of educational leadership and two current superintendents are finalists to become the Madison Metropolitan School District's next superintendent. 
 
The public is encouraged to get to know these phenomenal candidates when they come to Madison for a "Day in the District." The Board of Education will host public sessions on January 14, 15 and 16 to give the MMSD community an opportunity to meet the finalists, ask them questions and provide feedback to assist the Board in making its final decision in February. We hope to see you there.
 
Dr. Matthew GutiĆ©rrez is superintendent of the Seguin Independent School District in Seguin, Texas; 35 miles east of San Antonio.  He was previously an assistant superintendent in Plano Independent School District since 2016, a district with 54,000 students. He has also served as an elementary principal and middle school assistant principal during his career. Dr. Gutierrez earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. 
 
Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. After 14 years in the public classroom, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University in Ohio. Within the program at Kent State, she worked in urban communities including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown. Dr. Vanden Wyngaard was superintendent of the Albany City School District from 2012 - 2016. 
 
Dr. George Eric Thomas is the deputy superintendent and chief turnaround officer for the Georgia State Board of Education in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Thomas previously worked as chief support officer of the University of Virginia's turnaround program. He spent 17 years with Cincinnati Public Schools in the role as teacher, principal, turnaround principal coach, and most recently the chief innovation officer of CPS. Dr. Thomas earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago, Illinois.