On Thursday, Columbus school district Superintendent Gene Harris announced her plans to retire in July 2013.
Leaders in the business, education and nonprofit communities in central Ohio were quick to laud Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris’ accomplishments yesterday after she announced she will retire.
Harris insists she’s not running away from the charges [of data rigging]. ”The state auditor said that he will completely his investigation by January; I’ll be here till July, and what I plan to do is see this thing through. I actually started this investigation, or gave the impetus for this investigation, and we plan to see it all the way through.”
Ohio University Post
Gene Harris, superintendent of Columbus City Schools and chairwoman of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, is retiring from her day job… “Dr. Harris is a deeply valued member of our Board of Trustees and also a proud alumna of Ohio University,” said OU President Roderick McDavis in a statement. “Though her term ends in 2013 coinciding with her planned retirement, we hope she won’t be a stranger to her alma mater … We wish her nothing but the best in her retirement.”
Board President Carol Perkins firmly underscored the board did not encourage Harris to leave the district. “This board, in no way, influenced or forced her decision about retirement,” Perkins said.
Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris announced this afternoon that she will retire by July 2013. The surprise move follows statements by Harris only nine months ago that she had no plans to leave, and would serve out her $192,000-a-year contract until it expired in mid-2014.
[Columbus Mayor Michael] Coleman said that he would continue to work with Harris during the next year and stressed that he had no plans to take over the district. ”Gene Harris left the school district far better than she found it,” Coleman said.