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APS board names Brad Winter interim superintendent

Brad Winter has been named APS Interim Superintendent. (Dean Hanson/Journal)

APS has named Brad Winter has been named interim superintendent. (Dean Hanson/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just three months removed from his retirement as Albuquerque Public Schools chief operations officer, Brad Winter is returning to lead the district.

On Friday, the school board tapped Winter to be the district’s interim superintendent until it can find a permanent replacement for former superintendent Winston Brooks — which is expected to take about a year.

“I’m very humbled and excited about this opportunity,” Winter said in a tweet put out by the district. Winter had worked for APS for more than 20 years before his retirement.

The board chose Winter over three other candidates who were interviewed for the post.


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Among them was Veronica Garcia, who is the executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, and who served eight years, 2003 to 2010, as the state’s education secretary.

Diego Gallegos, owner of AMADO Consulting and a former APS assistant superintendent for school and community support from 2008 to 2012, was also in the running.

The other candidate was David Atencio, a former Jemez Valley superintendent from 2008 to 2013. He has served in the Laguna Department of Education since 2013.