The Edmond Board of Education has selected a new superintendent.
Angela Mills Grunewald, the current associate superintendent for educational services, is the district's new superintendent, according to a news release.
The board approved her hiring during a special meeting Tuesday after a two-month search.
Grunewald will be Edmond Public Schools first female superintendent in the district's history with the exception of an interim superintendent in the early 1900s, the district said.
She will assume the leadership position after the retirement of Bret Towne at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
“We are excited Dr. Grunewald will be the next leader of Edmond Public Schools,” Kathleen Duncan, Board of Education president, said. “From her days as an Edmond principal to her current position, she has long been a driving force behind the success of our district and its students. Her knowledge of the district – and the relationships she’s built – will allow her to hit the ground running as superintendent; however, it is her vision for the future of EPS, and her strengths as a school administrator, that make her the perfect fit for the job.”
Grunewald worked as elementary school teacher with Snyder Public Schools and as principal of two schools in Edmond. Grunewald worked in district administration at Piedmont Public Schools and Mustang Public Schools before returning to Edmond in 2016.
Grunewald received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's degree in school leadership from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
“I love Edmond Public Schools, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be. It is the people that make it a special place to work and to learn. They’re my family,” Grunewald said. “EPS is an outstanding school district with high expectations and strong community support. Together, with help from our incredible team, I am excited to build on this foundation of excellence and to take the district to the next level.”
Edmond Public Schools has 23,600 students, nearly 3,000 employees and 30 campuses.