Dr. Randy Watson joins KSSA Talk to discuss his recent selection as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year, and an even bigger announcement that he has been selected as the Kansas Commissioner of Education. He reflects on those who encouraged him along the way in his career, and his vision going forward, for education in Kansas.
Dr. Randy Watson has been superintendent in McPherson since 2005, having served as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in the district before that. In 2011, McPherson became the first school district in the nation to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, allowing the district to use ACT assessment for 6th to 12th grades. The waiver allowed McPherson to fully implement their C3 – Citizenship, College and Career Readiness plan.
Earlier this year, Watson was named chair of the Kansas Coalition of Innovative School Districts following approval of their application for the new program. More recently, Watson was named a finalist for 2015 Kansas Superintendent of the Year.
Watson is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (national and state), the Kansas-Missouri Superintendent Forum and Mid-America Association of Superintendents. He is past-president of the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association and a former United School Administrators of Kansas board member.
He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s and doctorate degrees from Kansas State University. In 2003, the University Council for Educational Administration honored him with its Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.