Birmingham Superintendent David Larson Accepts Position in Chicago Suburb

The school board for the Glenbard Township High School District 87 appointed David Larson as superintendent Monday night.

superintendent David Larson will soon be leaving town.

Larson, who's been superintendent in Birmingham since 2008, was appointed superintendent of the Glenbard Township High School District 87 on Monday night at that district's school board meeting, .

Larson will assume his new role July 1, a statement from the Glenbard district reads.

“We are very excited to have Dr. David Larson joining Glenbard District 87,” Glenbard District 87 Board of Education President Rich Heim said in a press release. “He brings with him a diverse background and solid experience that will help him to address the challenges we face as a district in the coming years.”

Glenbard Township High School District 87 is the third-largest high school district in Illinois, according to the district's website, and encompasses 45 square miles in DuPage County, a surburban area 30 miles west of Chicago.

Larson has put down roots in Birmingham since moving to the area in 2008, with his son graduating from in 2011. Also in, .

Before coming to Birmingham, Larson was superintendent in Harbor Springs, MI, a principal in Mount Pleasant, deputy principal at the Singapore American School in Singapore as well as an assistant principal and teacher in Florida.

Larson, who grew up in New Guinea, Indonesia, as the son of a missionary anthropologist, has a doctorate's degree in educational leadership and a master's degree in administration and supervision from Nova Southeastern University.

“I am very impressed by Glenbard Township High School District 87, and it is truly an honor to be assuming this leadership role,” Larson said in a statement. "It also will be a privilege to live in and integrate my family into such an outstanding community.

Larson joins several other Metro Detroit superintendents who took new positions with Chicago area school districts, including , who last month announced his decision to move to Lake Forest, IL, and former .

Charles Wickins March 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM
He's done a great job and will be missed. However, the incumbant has a wonderful system to run, and I am confident that the standard of excellence shall continue.
Wes Borucki March 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I'm just curious: how does one "put down roots" as the article states when he has been there all of four years?
Charles Wickins March 20, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I'd say, buy a house, put your kids in the local schools and join the local Rotary Club. Not all seeds grow to maturity, but "roots have been put down".
Greg Thrasher March 20, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I wish David and family good times and a wonderful life. During my tenture in Birmingham my activism and advocacy often involved the school system. David was the classical corporate bureaucrat in a position that required much more out of a leader who operates a community's school system. I don't think he leaves any significant footprints nor has his body of work created a series of best practices that other school districts would model. At the end of the day his tenture will be an unremarkable footnote such is the life and memory of a corporate bureaucrat. One hopes the new superintendent of Birmingham Schools fills the void with passion and substance.
Wes Borucki March 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Amen, Greg, and that's what I meant with my question. I would never begrudge someone the opportunity to make more money and advance elsewhere, but when one leaves after four years, I wonder about the footprint left. Birmingham will always be home in my heart, and for the good of the schools that made me what I am, I hope they find someone with a passionate long-term commitment.
Alan Stamm March 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM
You certainly never miss a chance, Greg. Surely I'm not alone in seeing your reflexive rips for what they're worth.
Greg Thrasher March 20, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Alan nor do you when it comes to my opinions . I am not alone either in observing through the years your angst and disregard for my perspectives. Of course I am not surprised by people like you there is always the presence of petty arrogant people of your ilk whose privledged mindset resents the very notion of a Black men like me who dare to speak out especially in toney venues like Birmingham. Unlike you of course my body of work and activism has been informative and altered and improved the lives of many people. People respect and admire me as such this truth allows me to stomach and people like you ..
Ye'Cart Rolyart March 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I find it kind of odd that several Oakland County Supers are all leaving this year. Very suspicious. Someone should investigate!


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