The director of human resources for Dutchess BOCES in Poughkeepsie has been chosen as the next superintendent of the Northville Central School District.
The school board unanimously appointed Leslie Ford after whittling down a field of more than 40 applicants to two finalists.
She is slated to start July 1 and will replace interim Superintendent Debra Lynker.
“I am very drawn to the region,” Ford said. “I am looking forward to living here and becoming an integral part of the community.”
She taught music at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also served as a guidance administrator, vice principal and superintendent for public schools in New York and California.
Ford has been invited to participate in district meetings and activities through the end of the school year to get acclimated to the post.
Ford earned her doctorate in education from the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif. She also holds master’s degrees in psychology from Chapman University, Orange, Calif., and educational counseling from the University of San Francisco. She holds New York state certification as a school administrator and school district administrator.
“My background and research confirms that a strong emphasis on professional development and collaboration will make a difference in student performance,” Ford said.
“A culture of learning and working together creates a richer professional experience for our teachers and staff, which directly benefits the learning environment of our students.”