Two Finalists Revealed For Utah Superintendent Of Public Instruction

Sydnee Dixon (left) and Taran Chun have been named finalists for the position of Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction. Photos: Utah Board of Education

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 17, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah State Board of Education has selected two finalists for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The board has named Taran Chun and Sydnee Dickson as the finalists. Both will be interviewed in a public meeting on June 23.

The State Board released the following information on each finalist:

Chun works as a school administrator in the Alpine School District, serves on Utah Valley University’s Board of Trustees and is an adjunct university professor. He is the lead evaluator for AdvancED, the accreditation body for K-12 schools in Utah.

Prior to his role in Alpine, Chun worked in the Provo and Granite school districts. Chun holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Dickson has worked for the Utah State Board of Education in various capacities since leaving a position on Granite School District’s administrative team. She previously worked in Davis and Murray school districts in school leadership roles.

She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy and M.Ed. degrees in Education Administration and School Counseling.

Dickson has served as interim state superintendent since March.

Interviews will begin at 4 p.m. June 23 at the State Board of Education’s office, at 250 E. 500 South in Salt Lake City. The interviews will stream live.

The superintendent search began earlier this year following the resignation of Brad C. Smith, who left the job in February after holding the position for 15 months.


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