About this episode

This is the first part of a two-part series. Everyone who pays any attention to schools or politics knows, the dynamics of a school board can have positive or negative effects on the schools and communities they serve. We have had other Leader Chats on this topic, but Pamela Swanson, superintendent of Westminster Schools in Colorado, ‘schooled us’ in this Leader Chat. Her humility and compassion are obvious. Clearly, she understands quality governance, but she also describes the art of working with her board as a united front. This Leader Chat is awesome!

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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.

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