The Providence Public Schools have named a new superintendent. Chris Maher will lead the state capital’s school system, after serving as interim superintendent since last summer.
Maher took the helm following the abrupt departure of former city schools Superintendent Susan Lusi. The Providence School Board announced Monday it has voted unanimously to enter contract negotiations with Maher, to take on the position permanently.
During his time with the Providence Public Schools, the district has embarked on a plan to reorganize the school administration, and school board members praised Maher for tackling chronic student absenteeism and suspensions.
Maher beat out a pool of five candidates for the top job. The board has not named any of the other finalists.
Prior to coming to rovidence, Maher worked for the Boston-based education consulting group Mass Insight Education. Also on Monday, his predecessor in Providence, Susan Lusi, was named President and CEO of Mass Insight Education.