The Santa Fe Schools board Thursday chose Joel D. Boyd, currently assistant superintendent in Philadelphia, Pa., as the new superintendent.
He will replace Bobbie Gutierrez, whose last day is Saturday. An interim superintendent will serve until Boyd can move to Santa Fe and assume his new job.
He managed 37 schools in Philadelphia as assistant superintendent, and before that was principal of one of the district’s largest middle schools, where he was credited with improving student performance sufficiently to allow the school to meet national accountability guidelines.
He also worked with Miami-Dade County public schools in Florida, the nation’s fourth-largest school district, as special assistant to the superintendent during a reform that transformed the school system into one of the best in the nation.
He is one of six national educators qualifying for a fellowship program at Harvard, where he is expected to complete his doctoral studies next year. He received a master’s degree in education, policy and management from that university in 2007 and also a master’s in education from Wilmington (Del.) College’s School of Leadership in 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 2001.