Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Will Keresztes is not interested in a long-term temporary position.
Keresztes was the district’s chief of student support services until Monday, when he was appointed unanimously by the Board of Education as interim superintendent, serving through early July. He took over from Pamela C. Brown, the embattled superintendent who served only two years. The board intends to hire a long-term interim superintendent to serve for one to two years, and it has been crafting a job description for that job.
Keresztes – who would be free to apply for that post – said that he will not pursue it. But he did not rule out a run for the permanent school superintendent spot.
“I will not be participating in a formal application process for long-term interim superintendent,” he said Friday.
“I know the board is aware of my devotion to the city and school district. I’m confident in their choices for the leadership role I may play in the future,” he added.
Keresztes was among a handful of candidates various groups have mentioned over the past few weeks as candidates for the interim post.
The other contenders for the interim superintendent position are:
• Donald A. Ogilvie, retiring superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES, which provides educational services to 19 area school districts.
• Judy Elliott, distinguished educator and consultant to the Buffalo Public Schools.
• David Mauricio, chief of school leadership for the city school district.
• Mary H. Gresham, University at Buffalo’s vice provost for educational collaboration and engagement.
The names of other potential candidates have been floated, including various Buffalo school principals, retired district administrators, and even suburban district superintendents.