Dr. James Briscoe
Dr. James Briscoe was selected as superintendent of Canyons School District, effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Briscoe has 38 years of experience as an educator. Prior to his appointment to the chief executive post in 34,000-student Canyons District, Dr. Briscoe served six years as superintendent of a 1,800-student high school district in Oak Lawn, Ill. A former sixth-grade social studies and math teacher, Dr. Briscoe also worked six years as a high school principal in the high-performing Elmbrook school system in Brookfield, Wis. He served three years as a high school principal in Round Lake, Ill., and worked as an assistant high school principal for five years and junior high dean of students for three years in the community of McHenry, Ill. As Superintendent, Briscoe, who earned an Ed.D. in Education Leadership at Northern Illinois University, remains highly visible and accessible to families, students and staff as he furthers Canyons’ initiatives and innovative programs to help students become college- and career-ready. Dr. Briscoe will serve as Superintendent until June 30, 2020 when he will retire.
Business Administrator and CFO
Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.
Dr. Robert M. Dowdle
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance
Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.