KPBSD Superintendent of Schools Search is Open

Virtual Meet and Greet

Monday, January 25, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Everyone is invited to watch a 30-minute virtual meet and greet with each candidate via the KPBSD livestream, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The video recording for each candidate will be available on the KPBSD website after 2:00 p.m., for everyone who is not able to watch the livestream.

*Provide your thoughts to the Board of Education

Everyone is invited to offer feedback to the school board after watching the livestream or viewing the video recording, via a short online input survey, for each candidate. Survey input opens when the candidate interview begins. All surveys will close at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The Survey links will become live on Monday. You can find them in the section above, by the candidates name.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Interviews will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2021 via the KPBSD zoom platform, and be livestreamed. The public is invited to watch the livestream, or view the board meeting portion of interviews that will be posted on the KPBSD website later in the day. Each candidate will be allotted the same length of time, and asked identical questions.

10:00 a.m. Board of Education Special Meeting


January 26, 2021: Candidate Interviews | Full Video (edited version will be posted on BoardDocs on January 27, 2021)

Board of Education Executive Session follows conclusion of interviews
Board of Education Special Meeting reconvenes (this portion will be webstreamed)

Quick Links

Application and Timetable

McPherson & Jacobson LLC is facilitating the search. The KPBSD Board of Education established a timetable for the superintendent search:

Application closing date: December 30, 2020

Selection of Finalists: Week of January 18, 2021

Finalist Interviews with Board: Week of January 25, 2021

  • Candidate Virtual Meet and Greet for community: Monday, January 25, 2021*
  • Community Input to school board: Evening of January 25, 2021, closes January 26, 2021 at 8:00 AM AKST
  • Candidate Interviews with Board of Education: Tuesday, January 26, 2021*

*Both the Meet and Greet, and interviews, will be streamed via KPBSD ZOom, and videos posted on

Selection of new Superintendent: February 1, 2021

Start date: July 1, 2021

A survey requesting community, staff, student, and family input will open in mid-November.

Superintendent of Schools Search

This initial survey is closed. Your thoughts are important! Take the community survey and share your thoughts about what matters to you. The search firm will share responses with the KPBSD Board of Education: This survey will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, December 7, 2020

The Board of Education of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) is searching for a superintendent; applications are open until December 30, 2020. The Board of Education accepted Superintendent John O’Brien’s retirement in July, and approved their Superintendent Search Oversight Committee at their May 6, 2020, board meeting. The detailed position description, brochure, and application details are online at .

The successful candidate must have the background, skills, and abilities essential for excellence in educational leadership. They will be:

  • An experienced leader with a strong sense of compassion, open mindedness, and someone who embraces cultural diversity. They will maximize the skills and abilities of staff members, with outstanding soft skills to lead staff in continual improvement and meaningful change
  • An individual who will work closely with the KPBSD Board of Education, and build trust relationships among and between staff and community, so the entire school district feels heard and included
  • A fiscally sound instructional leader who has a strong background in curriculum and instruction, who understands personalized learning (PL), and is skilled in social emotional learning (SEL)
  • An optimistic, inclusive, collaborative leader who is goal oriented and trusts staff to work together to accomplish the school district goals using different methodologies and pathways
  • A spirited and adventurous individual who will enjoy and embrace the majestic beauty, cultural, and recreational opportunities which the Kenai Peninsula has to offer
  • A leader with superior communication skills and who will be a positive vocal advocate for the KPBSD, students and staff, on local, state, and national levels

Applications are closed.

Application Link:

Announcement of Vacancy: Download the Superintendent Search brochure

McPherson & Jacobson LLC | Lead Consultant: Dr. Steven Lowder

Application Deadline: December 30, 2020 (11:30 PM CST)

Contact or visit McPherson & Jacobson LLC for detailed information about the superintendent search including the position description, qualities, and time line offers additional information about the district, schools, and communities

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is one of the top performing K-12 school districts in the State of Alaska, and encompasses 37 communities within 25,600 square miles, educating nearly 8,500 students. Four of the district's schools are accessible only by water or air, and the 42 diverse schools include neighborhood schools, K-12 schools, alternative schools, charter schools, a performance-based school, and Connections Homeschool.

  KPBSD Schools Map 2016