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SEARCH Group Partners Chosen to Lead Search for State Superintendent

July 18, 2014

Salt Lake City – Executive search firm SEARCH Group Partners (SGP) has been retained by the Utah State Board of Education to lead in its search for a new state superintendent of public instruction. Martell Menlove, the current state superintendent, announced his retirement in March. The state superintendent oversees a staff of nearly 1,100 employees and is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 billion to district and charter schools.

As the principal executive officer of the State Board of Education, the Superintendent directs the work of the Utah State Office of Education and assists the State Board of Education in oversight of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The superintendent also acts as the liaison to the governor, state legislature, and other stakeholders on behalf of the State Board of Education.

"The work of the next state superintendent will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Utah students,” said state board member Jefferson Moss, who chairs the superintendent search committee. “One of our most important responsibilities as a board of education is in hiring a new superintendent. We are pleased to engage the services of SEARCH Group Partners to help us conduct an expert, nationwide search for this crucial position.

SEARCH Group Partners' initial search is expected to take approximately six to eight weeks, after which it will turn over to the board of education the names of at least six qualified candidates who will be reviewed in addition to others who have also applied. Connie Linardakis- Spyropoulos, who spearheads SGP's executive search practice, and who will lead the search, said, "We are honored to be awarded this critical search for the State. This role impacts some of the most essential facets of our community, school system and children."

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