Last week we announced that Dr. Heather Beck had been selected as the new superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District, succeeding Dr. Bill Korach after his retirement in June 2014. The Lake Oswego School Board would like to share a little background on the search process and why Dr. Beck rose to the top among a group of outstanding candidates.

We were very fortunate to have more than 50 candidates apply for the superintendent position from across the country. Our search firm, Ray and Associates, utilizing criteria developed with parent, community and staff input, selected 12 highly qualified candidates. We chose seven semifinalists and then three outstanding finalists. A review panel comprised of principals, teachers and classified staff members as well as the school board interviewed the finalists. Despite the strength of the candidates interviewed, the school board unanimously selected Dr. Beck in our first round of voting.

We would like to each share with you the reasons we selected Dr. Beck:


Liz Hartman

Dr. Beck is the right person at the right time to take the Lake Oswego School District beyond the borders of Oregon. She is an advocator, analyzer and innovator for the student/teacher team. Under Dr. Beck, LOSD will continue its tradition of excellence, while adding the ingredients necessary to graduate students prepared for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.


Bob Barman

Last October, Heather joined the Colorado team at the Global Education Leaders Program. She builds networks with national and international organizations through the Gates Foundation to continuously learn about future educational issues for our 21st century learners. I like that she has been willing to look outside of the four walls of her own district.


John Wendland

Throughout the process of hiring Dr. Beck, I was impressed with the depth and breadth of her instructional knowledge and deep-seated enthusiasm for educating all children. Dr. Beck also easily connects with people. She understands the importance of and has a proven track record of building collaborative relationships through definitive leadership.


Sarah Howell

Heather Beck represents a new day for Lake Oswego School District. Dr. Beck knows about best practices in education. She offers a diverse professional background with experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels and a master’s degree in special education. She understands technology and how it can create efficiencies/increase opportunities.


Patti Zebrowski

Dr. Beck is a collaborative leader who makes decisions based on data and seeks input from her staff and stakeholders. She has excellent communication skills and is a thoughtful, strategic thinker. She puts students first and highly values her colleagues and staff.

Dr. Bill Korach has been an exceptional leader of the district for the last 27 years. We knew hiring his replacement was a big challenge. The school board wanted someone that could build on our strong foundation and take our school district to the next level. We believe Dr. Heather Beck is an excellent choice for our students, our employees and the Lake Oswego community.

Dr. Beck will be working closely with Dr. Korach in transition over the next four months and she will assume the superintendent position on July 1. We look forward to introducing the community to Dr. Beck and to celebrating and thanking Dr. Korach for his tremendous contributions.

Lake Oswego School Board members are Bob Barman, Liz Hartman, Sarah Howell, John Wendland and Patti Zebrowski.

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