Pool of FDCSD superintendent candidates pared down to four

Hughes is only local in final pool with Crozier, Fisher, Ulrich; Ulrich also finalist in Webster City and Carroll school districts

The Fort Dodge Community School District has narrowed its superintendent search down to four candidates.

The candidates selected are Mike Crozier, superintendent of Northwood-Kensett Community Schools; Mike Fisher, principal of Hoover Middle School in Waterloo; Rob Hughes, FDCSD assistant superintendent; and Jesse Ulrich, superintendent of the AHSTW School District in Avoca.

The FDCSD board received 20 applications for superintendent.

• Crozier formerly served as principal at Martensdale-St. Marys Secondary for six years. He taught at Willow of Quimby and also served as athletic director at Briar Cliff University and Avila University prior to becoming a principal. He has experience as a health teacher, dean of students, curriculum director and activities director at Twin Cedars Community School District in Bussey. Crozier holds a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

• Fisher has served at Hoover Middle School since 2012. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal in Waterloo and a department director and music coordinator at West Marshall Community Schools. He holds a degree in music education from Simpson College in Indianola and advanced degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in educational leadership. Fisher is completing his doctoral degree through UNI.

• Hughes has served as FDCSD assistant superintendent since 2011. He formerly worked for Howard-Winneshiek Schools as a building and central office administrator. He has also been an art educator for Calamus-Wheatland, Washington, Central Clinton and West Liberty. Hughes holds degrees and certifications from UNI in educational leadership and art education from the School of Art Institute in Chicago.

• Ulrich is a former superintendent and principal in Graettinger-Terril. He was a student services coordinator and seventh-grade teacher at Dallas Center-Grimes School District. Ulrich was also a social studies teacher in Arizona. He worked at Rabiner Treatment Center in Fort Dodge for three years. Ulrich recently completed his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in educational leadership. He holds degrees and certifications from Iowa State, Buena Vista University and Iowa Central Community College.

Ulrich is also a finalist for the Webster City Community School District and Carroll School District superintendent positions.

The finalists will be interviewed within the next two days.

Finalists will interview with a panel of high school students, staff members, administrators and community members. They will go on a community tour before interviewing with the board.

The board anticipates hiring the district’s next superintendent by the March 26 board meeting. That person will replace Doug Van Zyl, who served as FDCSD superintendent for eight years.Van Zyl was hired to become the superintendent of St. Joseph School District in St. Joseph, Missouri. He will begin those duties on July 1.