About this episode

This is the second part of a two-part series. This week, Pamela Swanson had her board president, Ken Ciancio, join us. Jeff was so excited to compare and contrast what Pam had to say in episode one with what Ken might bring to light in our second chat. Bottom line, Ken and Pam are two peas in a pod- they are a team, and their mutual respect for each other and their roles shine through. If only all superintendent and board relationships were this strong.

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Currently serving as Superintendent of Schools since 2011, Dr. Pamela Swanson has been with Westminster Public Schools in several leadership roles in WPS, Boulder Valley School District, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.

Dr. Swanson received her undergraduate degree from Winthrop University South Carolina. She received her M.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver and earned her doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. She also holds the designation of Senior Human Resource Professional.

In 2019, Dr. Swanson received the Metro North Woman of the Year award and in 2020 she was the recipient of Colorado’s Superintendent of the Year.


Ken Ciancio was appointed to the Board of Education in April 2014 and then elected to the Board in November 2015. Ken was elected for his second term in November 2019.

Ken is a lifelong Westminster Public Schools resident and 1982 Ranum High School graduate. He attended Regis University where he earned degrees in Political Science and History. Ken has an extensive family who has attended Westminster Public Schools (District 50) and his father, Don Ciancio, served on the WPS (District 50) Board of Education in the 1980s and 90s.

About Jeff Rose, Vice President of Leadership Development at Cognia
Forward-thinking executive leader with over 20 years of experience within education (3X Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Principal, & Classroom Teacher), primed to support leaders in their pursuit of solving the most complicated educational problems of practice.

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