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Board of Education Names New Superintendent

Dr. Elizabeth Grant Named New Superintendent of Salt Lake City School District

Dr. Elizabeth Grant

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 4, 2023 – Tonight, the Board of Education of Salt Lake City School District appointed Dr. Elizabeth Grant as the new Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2023.

The search for a new superintendent utilized the Utah School Boards Association and its long-standing process to post the job opening and accept applications for the position. Applicants were evaluated by a stakeholder committee of more than 40 people, including district students, parents, district employees, and community leaders. This stakeholder feedback was invaluable to the Board during two rounds of interviews and as they came to their final decision.

“On behalf of the Board, we are excited to welcome Dr. Grant back to the Salt Lake City School District,” said Board of Education President Nate Salazar. “Dr. Grant stood out among the applicants, and we’ve been so impressed with her depth of knowledge, the breadth of her experience, and her demonstrated leadership at multiple levels. 

“Dr. Grant has experience as a History teacher and a teacher in alternative schools and served as an elementary school principal and assistant principal in the Salt Lake City School District. She has also worked in various capacities overseeing public schools and school programs in the U.S. Department of Education. 

She was instrumental in shaping public education policy while serving as a chief of staff and senior policy advisor within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education and has most recently worked to impact future educators as a professor in The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education. Her impressive work history–which I’ve only lightly touched on–and her research background–including her ability to translate research into policy and practice–will be of immense benefit to our students for years to come. She has knowledge of best practices in school districts across the country, but she also knows who we are here in Salt Lake City, because she is one of us. We are thrilled to appoint her as the new superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District.”

“I am so excited to be back here in the Salt Lake City School District,” said incoming superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Grant. “I am honored to serve as Salt Lake City School District’s Superintendent of Schools and to work with this Board and with the educators and staff of the district to increase opportunity and achievement for every one of our students. 

“Salt Lake City is home. I received my own education here in the district and am a proud alum of Rosslyn Heights Elementary, Wasatch Elementary, Bryant Junior High School, and East High School. I also had the opportunity to serve as principal of Lowell Elementary and as assistant principal of Edison Elementary. My family has been rooted in the Salt Lake City community for generations, and I am completely invested in the success of Salt Lake City’s children and youth.

“In my career, I have seen education successes and challenges from multiple perspectives—as a public school, private school, and university teacher; as an advocate and a researcher; as a leader in schools and in education nonprofit organizations. And I have had a view of schools across the nation from the U.S. Department of Education. Successful school districts have one thing in common: they give continual—truly relentless—attention to the day-to-day work in classrooms and schools. And that’s where my focus will be as I take on this new role.

“Salt Lake City School District is a gem. It holds all the promise of public education’s charge to provide opportunity to our children and to enrich lives and has the talent and community resources to meet those goals. We can provide equity and excellence to every student, and I am committed to supporting our frontline educators as we continue with this charge.”

Dr. Grant will assume the role of superintendent on July 1, 2023.