Watson comments on hire as State Commissioner and the McPherson transition

By Nick Gosnell
November 14, 2014

As was first reported yesterday on Mid Kansas Online, McPherson USD 418 Superintendent Dr. Randy Watson has been selected as the next Kansas Commissioner of Education. He will start July 1, 2015.

Mid Kansas Online asked Dr. Watson if it seemed real yet that he will be moving on to Topeka.

He said, "No, it's not. I've thoroughly enjoyed McPherson. What an awesome community we have and school district. I've been fortunate to serve a lot of great people here in McPherson. It's been a whirlwind 24 hours, and I don't think it has set in."

Mid Kansas Online also asked Dr. Watson about some of the challenges he's going to face as Commissioner.

Watson said, "What I want to try to accomplish is working with the State Board of Education to develop a deep vision, bring a lot of people in to construct that vision, and our strategic plan. I'll be working with the State Board of Ed over the next several months trying to accomplish that goal so we can all be a part of the vision of where we want education to go in Kansas over the next several years."

For the next few months, however, Dr. Watson will be focused on the transition here in McPherson.

Watson told Mid Kansas Online, "It was important for me to make sure that the transition here in McPherson was seamless and went well. I'll be working with our local Board to make sure that occurs. When you only have five Superintendents in the last 100 years in McPherson, stability is important. I want to make sure this transition to the next Superintendent goes smoothly for the Board of Education."