MPS interim superintendent taking new job

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities has a new CEO: Michael Goar, currently serving as interim superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.

Michael Goar
Michael Goar

The organization announced Goar’s hiring Wednesday. He had applied to become the district’s new permanent superintendent but withdrew his name from consideration in January.

Goar takes the place of retiring BBBS CEO Gloria Lewis. He is scheduled to start in early June, according to an announcement posted on the organization’s website.

The Board of Education aims to name the district’s next superintendent by the end of May. That may leave a gap between Goar’s final day as interim and the new superintendent’s first day on the job later this summer. A call to the district to clarify plans for the transition was not immediately returned.

Goar worked as the Minneapolis Public Schools CEO before assuming the interim superintendent role in February 2015, shortly after former district superintendent Bernadeia Johnson resigned. He was a finalist in the board’s first attempt to hire a new superintendent over the winter, but finished runner-up to Sergio Páez of Massachusetts.

The school board withdrew its offer to Páez after he became entangled in an abuse investigation in his former district. It briefly seemed that the job would go to Goar, but he took himself out of the running after facing questions about his leadership.

At the time, Goar said he had become a “distraction” in the superintendent search.