On September 14, The Tempe Union High School District Governing Board voted to select Dr. Kevin Mendivil as the district’s new superintendent, pending contract negotiation and approval.
The Tempe Union High School District Governing Board began the search for superintendent candidates after Dr. Kenneth Baca announced his intent to resign from his position effective June 30, 2018.
Two internal candidates were being considered: Associate Superintendent Dr. Kevin J. Mendivil and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Anna Battle, both announced at the August 16 Board meeting.
During the public meeting, Board President DeeAnne McClenahan also reported that the Board would:
- Review candidates’ updated resumes and three letters of reference;
- Request a neutral third party to speak with current employees and provide feedback to the Governing Board in a confidential Executive Session;
- At an Executive Session on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Board would finalize interview questions, develop a matrix to score candidates, and determine writing prompts for the candidates to complete;
- Conduct candidate interviews in Executive Session prior to or on Sept. 13;
- Discuss findings and possibly take action in appointing a new Superintendent in a public meeting on September 14.
Dr. Mendivil has served as Associate Superintendent of the TUHSD since 2014. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at TUHSD for three years. He previously served as Director of Human Resources for Mesa Public Schools, the Principal of Holmes Elementary School in Mesa, and Assistant Principal of Kerr Elementary School in Mesa. He has classroom experience as a teacher at Northern Arizona University, and as a special education resource teacher in both Mesa and Gilbert Public Schools. He attended Arizona State for his undergraduate and doctorate degrees, and received his masters degree from University of Phoenix.
In his letter to the governing board, Mendivil said, “I value and believe in a strong k-12 partnership and would advocate on behalf of our shared families with Tempe and Kyrene Elementary School Districts. I am prepared to lead a concerted effort to continue the quality learning experiences for the families who choose Tempe Union High School District. I am committed to our community. It is my home.”