February 24, 2014
LAKE OSWEGO - For the first time in 27 years, the Lake Oswego School Board has selected a new superintendent for the Lake Oswego School District. At its meeting this evening, the Board appointed Dr. Heather Beck to succeed Dr. William A. Korach as superintendent upon his retirement at the end of June, 2014.
Dr. Beck currently serves as the chief academic officer of Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado. Her areas of responsibility include curriculum and instruction, research and assessment, student data services, professional development, educational technology, and educator effectiveness for a school district comprised of 85,000 students, 5,500 teachers, and 153 schools. An experienced teacher and administrator, Dr. Beck’s career has included experience as a high school and middle school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director of school management.
In addition to her experience and qualifications, Dr. Beck is highly regarded by her colleagues and brings to Lake Oswego a reputation as a visionary and creative leader who emphasizes partnership in the pursuit of clearly defined goals for continuous improvement. According to one of her current colleagues, “The single most important fact to know about Dr. Beck is that she puts students and student achievement at the heart of everything that she does.”
The appointment of Dr. Beck was the clear and unanimous choice of Lake Oswego School Board members, and brings to a successful conclusion a lengthy search for a new superintendent. With the assistance of a national search firm, the process included community forums that established criteria used to select final candidates. An advisory panel of principals, teachers, and classified employees provided feedback on the final three candidates for the position.
“The selection of a superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make, and is a responsibility we have taken very seriously,” said Lake Oswego School Board Chair Patti Zebrowski. “We are confident that we have identified in Heather Beck a highly qualified administrator who will sustain the legacy of exceptional academic leadership we are accustomed to in the Lake Oswego School District. We look forward to introducing Dr. Beck to the community.”