Richmond Superintendent to co-direct Harvard urban education program

From NBC12 News

Dr. Deborah Jewell-Sherman is headed back to Harvard.

The Richmond school superintendent announced her early departure this morning in a news conference, where she got a round of applause and a standing ovation.

Jewell-Sherman will be a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She will also serve as co-director of the school's Urban Superintendents Program.

Jewell-Sherman is a graduate of Harvard's Urban Superintendents Program, receiving her master's in 1992 and her doctorate in 1995. She has served as superintendent since 2002.

"The decision to do what I have done has been my own. That's just the kind of person I am," Jewell-Sherman said at this morning's conference. "There were things that mattered to me almost as much as my life - and that was making sure we were not second from the bottom in anything because we are better than that."

Jewell-Sherman announced in April that she would not renew her contract with Richmond. Her last day will be July 31 - a year earlier than planned - but she will stay on as a consultant for six months as Richmodn searchers for its next school leader.

The School Board has not yet voted on an interim superintendent, but it appears that it will name Dr. Yvonne Brandon to that position.

NBC12 will have more on the city's search for Jewell-Sherman's successor, as well as reaction from School Board members during the evening broadcasts.

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