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Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty named District Administrator for Whitewater Unified School District
The Whitewater Unified School District School Board has selected Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty to be the District Administrator, effective July 1, 2020. This announcement is the culmination of a four-month process that began with soliciting the community’s feedback about the needs and priorities of the school district and the qualifications and characteristics stakeholders wanted in their next leader.
From a field of approximately forty applicants, a slate of 10 potential candidates emerged as best matches to the search criteria. The Board selected five semi-finalists to interview and after two final interviews, Dr. Pate-Hefty emerged as the perfect fit for the students, staff, schools, and community of WUSD. School Board President Casey Judd said, “Dr. Pate-Hefty’s focus on all students and obvious passion make her an excellent fit for the Whitewater Unified School District. The Board unanimously approved her, and we are confident that her leadership will serve our school and community exceptionally well.”
Dr. Pate-Hefty is a leader in supporting diverse school districts with a focus on equity and inclusion. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Student Services in Maywood, Melrose Park and Broadview Public Schools in Cook County Illinois, for over 8 years. In Maywood, Dr. Pate-Hefty spearheaded legislation that allowed 125 students to return to their 9 home school environments saving her district millions of dollars annually.
Dr. Pate-Hefty brings extensive experience in supporting campus security, Special Education, discipline, climate/culture and district-wide social and emotional learning models. She has been a selected presenter for Empowerment and Advocacy for Students with Challenging Behavior Conference, Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and the Healthy Schools Campaign.
Dr. Pate-Hefty holds a Doctor of Education degree from National Louis University (2017), a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University (2007) and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, UWW (2002).
She is thrilled to be selected as WUSD’s District Administrator saying, “I am honored and proud to have been selected to serve as the District Administrator for Whitewater Unified School District and to support their mission to inspire and empower students to achieve excellence in a safe, innovative educational environment. Every student, every day, in a unified way.”
The School Board thanks the WUSD district and community members for their support and input throughout the process. We are especially thankful for participation in digital sessions during these unprecedented times. Additionally, the School Board thanks Dr. Jim Shaw for his unwavering professional and exceptional service as interim district administrator.
WUSD will soon be announcing an opportunity for the community to meet and welcome Dr. Pate-Hefty to Whitewater.
HYA Job Posting: January 25-March 13
Online Survey: February 10-24
Leadership Profile Report presented to Board: Monday, March 2
HYA Screening Interviews: Until Friday, March 20
Slate presented to Board: Monday, March 23 (Closed Session via Google Hangouts due to the CDC recommendations of cancelling gatherings of more than 10 individuals.)
Board initial interviews:
Board meets to identify finalists: Tuesday, April 7
Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty, Executive Director of Student Services for District #89 in Melrose Park, Illinois
Finalist Interviews: Thursday, April 23
Board meets to identify preferred candidate: Thursday, April 23
Target for public announcement: Monday, April 27
District Administrator assumes responsibilities: July 1, 2020
Whitewater Unified School District has retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting Boards in recruiting and placing executive leadership, for the search of a new District Administrator.