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HOLLAND — When Brian Davis retires as superintendent of Holland Public Schools later this year, it won’t be the end of his career in education.
The longtime HPS leader will transition into a leadership role with the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA) beginning July 1.
Davis has been a member of MASA since becoming HPS superintendent in 2008 and has served as a region president and executive board member with MASA.
“When time came for me to retire and look for something different to do, this seemed like a perfect fit,” Davis said. “Getting engaged in an organization that’s membership driven, that supported me in my professional career, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward and pay it back at the same time.”
In his role as associate executive director for professional learning, Davis will oversee the mentor coaching program for new superintendents, teach classes in academies for new superintendents and lead the growth of MASA’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
“I’ll train current or retired superintendents on how to be a mentor coach for superintendents in their first three years in the position,” Davis said. “I’ll be teaching our Horizons Leadership Academy classes, a program that current superintendents are able to participate in and receive their endorsements for superintendent. I’ll also be working with MASA on our social justice and equity work, as that continues to be a priority and focus for districts across the state.”
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Davis said he’s looking forward to sharing the experience he’s learned as a member of MASA with new superintendents, including some in Ottawa County.
“There will be many new superintendents across the state this year. I’m excited to be able to support them with this position,” Davis said, noting a pair of new superintendents in the area in Zeeland’s Brandi Mendham and Jenison’s Brandon Graham. “It’s really about being able to pay forward the experience and expertise I’ve learned, but also to work with a well-known and respected organization at the state and national level.”
Davis announced his retirement from HPS Jan. 4 of this year. The retirement is effective June 30, and Davis will begin his role with MASA July 1.
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