Browder to step down as ASD superintendent

School Board selects Graff as replacement


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ASD Superintendent Dr. Jim Browder speaks during a press conference Thursday at the ASD Education Center in Anchorage. Browder will retire effective June 14 and will be replaced by Cheif Academic Officer Ed Graff.

Star photo by Mike Nesper

 

School Board president Jeannie Mackie announced Thursday that Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Browder will retire effective June 14 and will be replaced by Chief Academic Officer Ed Graff.

The announcement came after the board held an executive session earlier Thursday.

Browder said he was stepping down to be closer to his daughter and grandson, who are dealing with “illness issues” in the Lower 48. Browder did not elaborate on their medical conditions.

“Both of them are doing OK,” he said. “We still have a ways to go with both.”

Browder won’t receive a severance package, Mackie said, and does not have to reimburse the district for any moving expenses.

Browder has served as ASD superintendent since July 1, 2012. He was hired for $180,000 a year after serving as the superintendent of the Lee County Public School District in Florida for seven years. Before coming to Alaska, Browder was a senior administrator at Edison (Fla.) State College.

Browder said he was proud of the accomplishments he’s made during his time with ASD.  

“I’ve done everything I was supposed to do and more,” he said.

Graff, a 22-year ASD employee, began his career as an elementary teacher and now serves as chief academic officer — a position he’s held since 2009.

After seven years as principal at Rogers Park, Mountain View, Bowman and Kasuun elementary schools, Graff worked for a year as the executive director of elementary education before his current position.

Graff will work with Browder over the next three months in preparation for his new job, Mackie said, which should be a seamless transition.

“There’s not a whole lot going on that Ed doesn’t know about,” she said.

The board will officially accept Browder’s retirement and accept Graff as the next superintendent at its meeting Monday, March 18. 

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