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Byram Hills Names New Superintendent

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Dr. William Donohue

The Byram Hills Board of Education announced Tuesday night the appointment of Deputy Superintendent Dr. William Donohue to replace Dr. Jackie Taylor next year.

Donohue is a 20-year veteran of the district, first joining as director of guidance in 1990, then becoming high school principal in 1997. He was appointed assistant superintendent–later identified as deputy superintendent–in 2008.

“I look at this promotion as both humbling and challenging,” Donohue said. “It will certainly be my primary goal to maintain the academic excellence and strong leadership that have been the hallmark of the district and to help it face the economic challenges that are so apparent today.”

Two weeks ago, Taylor announced she would be retiring at the end of the school year after four years at the helm and 15 years with the district. She said at the time that she looked forward to helping with the transition to the new superintendent, although it was not initially mentioned by district officials that they would decide on Taylor’s replacement by the next meeting

Donohue has worked closely with Taylor for the past three years.

“Bill Donohue is an excellent choice to lead Byram Hills on its continuous journey toward excellence,” Taylor said. “He is a magnificent leader with great intellect, and he has profound commitment and dedication to Byram Hills. I couldn’t be happier.”

The appointment comes as part of a carefully executed succession plan developed by the board of education.

“The board of education is thrilled to appoint Dr. Donohue as its next superintendent,” said Board of Education President Ira Schulman. “Dr. Donohue is a highly respected leader and a thoughtful, articulate advocate for public education. We look forward to our partnership and maintaining the excellent education for all students provided by Byram Hills.”

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