Sat, April 04

CVUSD selects Van Handel as new district superintendent

The governing board of the Camp Verde Unified School district has selected Dr. Jeff Van Handel as the new district superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Ron Maughan.

Van Handel is currently the superintendent of the Orcas Island School District in Eastsound Washington.

An Arizona resident for the last few years, Van Handel is originally from Wisconsin.

"I was born in Wisconsin and lived there most of my life. That was until I had to shovel snow from the roof of my house just to get out," said Van Handel.

He is the former Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in the Phoenix Elementary School District and the Executive Director of Support Services for the Coolidge Unified School District prior to that.

He is also a retired Captain in the U.S Army Reserve and has been a teacher at Arizona State University, University of Wisconsin and Marion College in Wisconsin

The school board selected Van Handel on Tuesday evening after interviewing six candidates recommended to them by the Arizona School board Association, who assisted in the search.

Van Handel has a solid background in business, having handled business services for Phoenix Elementary, a district with a $100 million budget and over 8000 students.

He also has a Bachelor of Business and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, and a Masters in Business Administration and Masters of Science in School Business Management, also from the University of Wisconsin.

His doctorate is in Educational Administration.

"He really seemed like a good fit," said board member Wendy Escoffier, "We were unanimous on the selection and feel his solid business background will be big plus. It was definitely a big factor in his selection."

Van Handel says he will immediately become involved in the district's search for a new high school principal as well as assisting in the upcoming budget.

"Camp Verde is a wonderful district," said Van Handel, "It looks like it is poised for some growth here in the near future. I am extremely happy to have been offered the position and look forward to getting started."

Van Handel says he plans on visiting the district a few times over the next few months to get up to speed.

"I have yet to meet him," said Maughan, "We have only spoke over the phone. I will say I am excited to begin working with him to make the transition as smooth as possible."

Van Handel will take over the superintendent's position on July 1.

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