Announcement January 24, 2020: 

On January 24, 2020, the Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Matthew Gutiérrez as the next Superintendent of Madison Metropolitan School District.  Learn more about him here

The information below describes the selection process and the other finalists considered. 


Meet the three finalists for Madison Metropolitan School District superintendent

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 (link to Facebook event) each night 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.

Finalists’ itinerary

The MMSD Board of Education is pleased to welcome the three final superintendent candidates to the community — one on each day:

  • Jan. 14 - Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard - Public forum now available on Facebook and YouTube
  • Jan. 15 - Dr. Matthew Gutiérrez - Public forum now available on Facebook and YouTube
  • Jan. 16 - Dr. Eric Thomas - Public forum now available on Facebook and YouTube

Finalists will spend the morning meeting with school and district leaders and union representatives. After lunch, they will tour two MMSD schools before going into a final interview with the school board. Following the interview, finalists will meet with community leaders. The “Day in the District” will be capped off with a public forum, where the community is invited to learn more about each one and ask questions. 

  • 8-11 a.m. Meetings with community and staff stakeholder groups
  • 11 a.m-12 p.m. Lunch with students
  • 12-2 p.m. School visits
  • 2-6 p.m. Meetings with the School Board and community leaders
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Public forum

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 andinstruction 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. Matthew Gutiérrez 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. Gutiérrez earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. 

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. 

Find more details about each candidate's educational and professional experience


The Madison School Board is searching for the district’s next superintendent, and needs your help. The board started the search process by asking the community for input. That input is creating a unique leadership profile of what the community is looking for from its next school district leader and will help guide the board through its process.

How can you give input?

  • Attend a community engagement session:

    • Community engagement sessions were held on October 29th and October 30th, 2019.

  • Take online survey.
    •  Our survey closed on November 5th. Survey results will be posted at a later date. 

  • Sign up for updates here. We’ll send updates when input opportunities are finalized and when there is new information about the process. If you don’t currently have a child enrolled in the school district but would like to receive email updates, sign up here.

Information received from the community engagement process will be presented to the board along with a draft profile of leadership characteristics for the next superintendent. The board will use this information to evaluate and make decisions about candidates.

Search Timeline

Below is the board’s overall timeline for the search process, subject to adjustments as needed. Updates will continue to be posted on this page through the process.

  • September - November: Community Engagement 
    • Online survey available on this webpage: mid-late October - November 5

    • Community input sessions: October 29, October 30

    • Leadership profile, based on community input, presented to board: November

  • December - January: Candidate Screening
    • Board holds initial candidate interviews

    • Board invites finalists for district visit and final interviews

  • February: Selection

Gloria ReyesSelecting a new superintendent is the most important task we have as a board, and we are asking our community for input. Input and ideas from our staff, students, families and community partners will help us shape the profile of what we are looking for in our next superintendent.

- Board President Gloria Reyes

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