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Reported by on 1/5/20

Dr. Adrian TalleyIndian Prairie School District’s Board of Education is recommending Dr. Adrian Talley as the district’s next superintendent. The board is expected to vote on Dr. Talley’s appointment at its January 13, 2020 meeting. He will replace Dr. Karen Sullivan, who is retiring in June.

The community is invited to meet Dr. Talley at a special reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, January 14 at the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora.

Dr. Talley has more than three decades experience in education. He has spent the past five years as an administrator in Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, with 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. He currently serves as Director of Community Schools for PGCPS, overseeing the management of 64 community schools within the district. Prior to his current position, he was the Executive Director of Student Services for the district.

Before joining PGCPS, Dr. Talley was Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director of Education for the Department of Defense Education Agency (DoDEA) in Alexandria, Virginia. He oversaw the implementation of a $1.9 billion budget and was responsible for the instructional programs in DoDEA’s 181 schools serving 84,000 students of military families worldwide.

From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Talley was a central office administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland. He held the positions of Director of School Performance and Community Superintendent before being named Associate Superintendent. During his tenure at MCPS, he established collaborative relationships with PTA leadership, community groups, business leaders and state elected officials to support district initiatives and the district’s strategic plan. He also managed 40 of the district’s schools with enrollment of more than 29,000 students in five high schools, eight middle schools, and 27 elementary schools. While part of the executive team at MCPS, the district won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence.

Before becoming a central office administrator, Dr. Talley was the principal of two schools in two districts and taught in both MCPS and Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia.

Dr. Talley earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia, his Master of Arts degree from Boston College, and his Doctorate degree from George Washington University.

Board president Michael Raczak stated that Dr. Talley best met the criteria established by the community and the board that was developed through stakeholder meetings in August. He described Dr. Talley as a passionate educator who is focused on ensuring that each student has access to opportunities for individual success. “The board was impressed by his depth of knowledge, his experience working collaboratively with all stakeholders, and his sincerity and compassion about doing what’s best for children. We believe he will be a wonderful leader for our district.”

Pending board approval, Dr. Talley will start July 1, 2020. The Superintendent's three-year contract is available below.

Pending Superintendent Contract (pdf)

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