ASD Superintendent "May Leave Post in Near Future"
Family issues push Browder to step down
ANCHORAGE – After eight months on the job, Anchorage School District Superintendent Jim Browder “may leave his post in the near future,” according to an ASD statement.
Browder, who was hired July 1, will be heading to Georgia to be with one of his daughters and grandsons who “have been experiencing some very severe medical issues which have not gotten better,” Browder wrote in a district-wide email he sent shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.
Browder wrote that he told the school board about the situation three weeks ago.
He planned on staying for five to seven years, he wrote. “However, I had no way of knowing then that my family’s health situation would change so dramatically. I cannot in good conscience continue to live several thousand miles away when my family members need me to be closer to them as we face these issues.”
According to the ASD statement, Browder will stay on until the school board finds a successor.
Browder's email and the ASD statement are below.
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this email to you today. Three weeks ago, I began sharing information with the school board regarding a serious personal situation.
In the past several months, one of my daughters and young grandson have been experiencing some very severe medical issues which have not gotten better. Consequently, as a father and grandfather, I believe it is my responsibility to be closer to them in Georgia. It is for that reason alone that I am considering leaving Anchorage.
I know this will come as a shock to many of you. When I accepted this superintendent position last year, I did it with the full intention of staying 5-7 years. However, I had no way of knowing then that my family’s health situation would change so dramatically. I cannot in good conscience continue to live several thousand miles away when my family members need me to be closer to them as we face these issues.
As I consider other options moving forward, nothing is official and until then I remain committed to ASD as your superintendent. Great things are happening here. The school board and district leadership have a shared vision and are focused on Destination 2020, the district’s strategic plan. The improvements we’re making are putting this district on the right track to becoming one of the best in the nation.
I thank you for the commitment you’ve made to our district and students. I also very much appreciate your support and kind thoughts for my family as it faces these challenges.
Superintendent may leave his post in near future
Browder seeking relocation due to family medical issues
The Anchorage School Board announced that Superintendent Jim Browder is pursuing employment opportunities outside of Alaska in order to be closer to members of his immediate family who are dealing with significant medical issues.
“This is a very serious personal situation for Jim and his family and our hearts go out to them,” said board President Jeannie Mackie. “We understand that family must come first.”
“In the short time Jim has been at ASD, he has brought about significant change and has worked with the board to develop Destination 2020, the district’s long-term strategic plan. This plan highlights initiatives which we will continue to implement.”
The board and superintendent are working together to set a timeline for succession. Until the board announces a new appointment, Browder will continue to lead the district.
“We as a board are very confident in our senior leadership staff at ASD as well as the course that the board and administration have set for our future. We will have a smooth transition when the time comes,” said Mackie.