Chip McGee to take over as Bedford school superintendent
By SUSAN CLARK Union Leader Correspondent
BEDFORD – Assistant Superintendent Chip McGee has officially been named the new school superintendent, taking the helm from Tim Mayes, effective July 1.
Bedford School Board Chair Terry Wolf announced the appointment at Monday's school board meeting.
"Chip McGee has spent the past 11 years as assistant superintendent here in Bedford leading our efforts in curriculum, assessment, and instruction. He played a critical role in the creation of Bedford High School. Before coming to Bedford, he helped found the Beacon School, now noted as one of the best public schools in New York City," said Wolf.
McGee, 43, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated with a history degree at Brown University in Rhode Island. He earned a master's in business administration at Columbia Business School, and a doctorate in education from Columbia University in a joint program. He taught physical science and history at the Beacon School.
McGee and his wife, Mary Merkel, a family doctor at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Merrimack, moved to New Hampshire in 2002. In 2002-03, McGee worked as a visiting professor at Franklin Pierce College, now a university.
"I am grateful to the school board and to the entire community for this opportunity. It is an honor to be trusted to lead this superb school system. I have big shoes to fill with the retirement of current Superintendent Tim Mayes," said McGee. "With the support of the board, teachers, parents, students and the community, I hope to keep us moving in a positive direction."
McGee has been instrumental in working with the administration and staff to improve curriculum and instruction throughout the district. He chaired the Bedford High School Curriculum Research Committee prior to the opening of the school in 2007, which investigated best practices in secondary education and provided a blueprint for the high school's curriculum and instruction, said Wolf. Last June, Bedford High School was selected as the New Hampshire Secondary School of Excellence. He is widely recognized by his peers in the state as one of the leading educators in the region. He was recognized in 2009 by the NH School Administrators Association receiving their coveted Annual Service Award.
In a recent interview, McGee said he is looking forward to taking the district to the next level as changes in education bring more technology, global competition and diverse educational programs to challenge and inspire all students.
"There's a lot of changes coming in education and I think this district is set up as well as anybody to deal with those changes," McGee said. "For me, the big thing is keeping track of students' social and emotional development, as well as academics."
Mayes has led the Bedford School District since December 2001, first serving as assistant superintendent of finance, and then succeeding Superintendent Ann Remus in July 2006. Mayes was principal of Concord High School for four years before coming to Bedford. Mayes grew up in Keene, graduated from the University of New Hampshire at Durham. He started his career as a math teacher and sports coach in Salem.