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Brad Winter Named Interim Superintendent
Board taps the former Chief Operations Officer for the job.
The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education named Dr. Brad Winter interim superintendent during a special meeting Friday, Aug. 22. The former chief operations officer, who retired just a couple of months ago following a 22-year career with APS, stepped in immediately while the district conducts a search for a superintendent.
“Dr. Winter has been a part of Albuquerque Public Schools for more than two decades and knows this district as well as anyone,” said Board President Dr. Analee Maestas. “The board wanted to find someone who could smoothly guide the district through this time of transition, and we’re confident Dr. Winter is the best person for the job.”
Winter takes over for Winston Brooks, who resigned last week after six years as APS superintendent. The board accepted Brooks’ resignation on Friday, Aug. 15, stating that “this was the best option for APS at this time.”
Ruben Hendrickson, who replaced Winter as chief operations officer in June, served as acting superintendent while the board was selecting an interim.
That process began Wednesday, Aug. 20, when the board met to discuss qualifications, expectations, conditions of employment and requirements. They then posted an application to the APS website, giving interested candidates a day to submit their applications.
The board met again Thursday, Aug. 21, to review the applications and set up interviews. They met with four applicants behind closed doors Friday. The final vote was public.
“All four of the candidates we interviewed for this job were exemplary, making this a difficult decision,” said Dr. Maestas. “We appreciate the willingness of them all to step in and support Albuquerque Public Schools.”
Winter, who started his APS career as a Sandia High School teacher, said he was up to the task of leading the district through this time of change.
“I served under several superintendents and lived through many administrative changes during my two decades with APS, and I understand how important it is to keep things running smoothly during times like these,” Winter said. “I appreciate the board’s confidence in me and I assured them that I will do the best I can to keep APS moving forward during the superintendent search.”
Winter also is an Albuquerque city councilor, a position he has held for more than 14 years.
Winter was given a one-year contract. His contract is being negotiated and is scheduled to be finalized at an upcoming board meeting.
A graduate of Highland High, Winter started his career in education as an instructor and track coach at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. He returned to Albuquerque to continue his education at UNM and applied for the position at Sandia in 1992.
“When the dean of students position at Highland opened up, I jumped at the chance,” said Winter, who added that he enrolled at UNM to get his doctorate degree in education with the goal of becoming an administrator at a community college. “I later became an assistant principal at Highland and then La Cueva, so I just stayed in the public schools.”
Among the accomplishments Winter is most proud of during his tenure with APS is building 11 schools to relieve crowded classrooms on the Albuquerque’s West Side and of building the district’s first new football stadium in 45 years – the West Side Community Stadium, which opened last fall.