Marcus Whitman School District hires Christopher Brown

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Marcus Whitman school board has selected a new superintendent.

Christopher Brown, who most recently was superintendent of the West Genesee school district in suburban Syracuse, was appointed Monday night by the Board of Education, pending contract negotiations.

Effective July 1, Brown will replace current Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman, who is leaving to take over the superintendent job in the Seneca Falls school district.

“I am very proud to be joining a school community that is dedicated to excellence and places great value in the education and success of all students,” Brown said in a prepared statement.

Marcus Whitman Board President Sheila Brown said the board is excited to welcome Brown to the district.

“The experience and skills Dr. Brown bring to the district will support and continue to grow our tradition of fostering innovation and supporting diverse life-long learners who positively impact the world community,” Brown said in a prepared statement.

The school board worked with different stakeholder groups throughout the interview process because it was important to have a seamless transition from Clingerman’s “incredible” tenure.

“We looked for an individual who combined the necessary vision of education in today’s world and the unique needs of our very own Marcus Whitman school district,” Brown said. “Together, we believe Dr. Brown not only satisfies that vision but has the experience to lead us into the future.”

Brown has over 25 years of educational experience, 20 of those focused on district leadership. He has been a director of instructional technology, school business administrator, assistant superintendent for general administration and superintendent of the Hammondsport school district in Steuben County.

Clingerman, who lives in Waterloo, has been Marcus Whitman superintendent for six years.