These seven people want to be Farmington Public Schools’ superintendent

Farmington Public Schools trustees will on May 14 and 15 interview seven candidates for the position of superintendent.

These sessions, held at the Lewis Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee in Farmington, will be broadcast on cable channel 10 and live-streamed at

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Tuesday, May 14

5 p.m. B. Phillip Recht, Ed.D.

The former Superintendent of Schools for Pinnacle Charter Schools in Denver, Colorado, holds a doctorate degree from the University of La Verne. Recht has 14 years of superintendent experience in Colorado and Wyoming, as well as experience as a central office administrator, principal, and teacher.

6 p.m. Benjamin Edmondson, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President of HIGHSCOPE Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Edmondson holds a doctorate degree from Eastern Michigan University. Formerly the superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools, he has 18 years of school administration experience, including three as superintendent. Prior to becoming an administrator, Edmondson taught in grades 4-8.

7:10 p.m. Sarena Shivers, Ed.D.

The Superintendent of Redford Union School District, Shivers holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University. She has nearly two decades of school administration experience, including five as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement for Washtenaw Intermediate School District and three as Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment for Southfield Public Schools.

8:10 p.m. Derrick Lopez, J.D.

The Superintendent of Flint Community Schools holds a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University and is working towards a doctorate degree in education policy from Michigan State University. In addition to serving two years as superintendent, Lopez has served as assistant superintendent in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PA) and Southfield Public Schools, held principalships in Berkley and Highland Park, and taught for University of Detroit-Jesuit.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5 p.m. William Smith, Ed.D.

Smith, who is the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services at Kent Intermediate School District, holds a doctorate degree from Northcentral University. Previously the Superintendent of Kent City Community Schools, Smith has more than 20 years of school administration experience including three as superintendent and three as an administrator for Farmington Public Schools. Smith taught social studies prior to going into administration.

6 p.m. Pamela Campbell, Ph.D.

Currently Superintendent of Columbia School District, Campbell holds a doctorate degree from Michigan State University. She has 25 years of school administration experience, including 19 as a superintendent in public and private schools in Michigan and Ohio. Campbell taught math and computer science and served as a coach prior to becoming an administrator.

7 p.m. Robert Herrera, Ed.D.

The CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools, Herrera holds a doctorate degree from Western Michigan University. Prior to being recruited by the Michigan Department of Education’s School Reform Office to lead turnaround efforts in Benton Harbor, Herrera served as superintendent in South Haven Public Schools and Onsted Community Schools, as well as assistant superintendent at Lenawee Intermediate School District and Adrian Public Schools. With a career spanning roughly 25 years in public education, Herrera has also served as principal, teacher, coach, and classroom advisor.

Candidate resumes and other information about the search are posted at

“We were fortunate to choose from an excellent pool of qualified applicants, many of whom possess considerable superintendent experience,” Board of Education President Pamela S. Green said. “Now we begin the process of getting a better understanding of how the skills and abilities of these candidates may be able to serve the students of Farmington Public Schools.”

Officials are expected to identify finalists for the next round of interviews on May 15. Those candidates are expected to tour the district and have their second interviews on May 22.

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