Board Announces Dr. James Briscoe as Canyons Superintendent
The Canyons Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint as Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe, who has 12 years of experience as a superintendent of schools, most recently in DeKalb, Ill. The appointment, effective July 1, 2014, follows an exhaustive national superintendent search, which began last fall and included three months of community input meetings, an extensive application and interview process, and workplace site visits.
“Tonight, we’re ready to appoint a superintendent who will lead our District into a bright future. We are dedicated to maintaining the current vision and mission of our District, and we’re confident that together, along with our new superintendent, we can ensure that our children will leave our schools ready for college and careers,” Board President Sherril Taylor said. “Dr. Briscoe, we are all unitedly behind you, and we welcome you.”
Board members said Briscoe will continue to forward Canyons’ college- and career-ready academic plan. They noted Dr. Briscoe, while in DeKalb, has been putting into place many of the same academic frameworks as Canyons.
“I’m ready to take the next step as we continue to celebrate all that has been accomplished and all the strides that have been made, as well as all those we will make together well into the future,” Board Member Kim Horiuchi said. “I am confident in Dr. Briscoe’s ability to lead the way.”
Dr. Briscoe thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve the people of Canyons.
“The programs that were implemented over the last four years — the work that must have gone into this, the rigors that must have gone into this — the administration and staff have to be completely commended for what they’ve done. I’m excited about it so I can become part of it and work with the staff and administration to continue the great things that they’re doing,” Dr. Briscoe said.
“It’s such a joy in my life to watch kids grow up and develop, become part of the community, give back to the community, and want to be part of the community. That’s what I feel in Canyons School District,” he said. “I just can’t wait to meet all of you and get to know you … and start to work alongside all of you.”