New Superintendent To Take Command At District In Hudson Valley

After an extensive search, a school district in Northern Westchester has named its next superintendent. 

Duncan Wilson will be the next Superintendent of Schools for the North Salem Central School District.
Duncan Wilson will be the next Superintendent of Schools for the North Salem Central School District. Photo Credit: North Salem Central School District

Duncan Wilson has been selected as the new Superintendent of the North Salem Central School District and will take over the position on Saturday, July 1, district officials announced. 

Wilson will take over the position from Ken Freeston, who will be retiring at the end of the school year. 

Wilson comes to North Salem from the Ardsley Union Free School District, where he was assistant superintendent. Prior to that, he was director of instruction and human resources at the Briarcliff School District and an administrator in the Scarsdale School District.

Wilson's selection was the result of an extensive search process that vetted 38 applications with the help of executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates.

After the school board conducted interviews with several candidates, Wilson was unanimously picked because of his "extensive knowledge, professional background, and strong beliefs regarding communication and building unity in the community," district officials said. 

"The Board of Education was impressed with the depth of experience that Dr. Wilson will bring to North Salem," said school board member Deb D'Agostino, who also added, "His commitment to children and his enthusiasm for instructional leadership were immediately apparent." 

Board President Andrew Brown also praised Wilson, saying that his "training and background will be a fantastic asset for our schools and community." 

"Looking forward, I am excited for the district," Brown added. 

In addition to appointing Wilson as the next superintendent, the district will also appoint Adam VanDerStuyf to the position of Deputy Superintendent, expanding his current role as Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services.

Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his graduate degree from New York University, and his doctorate from the Teacher’s College. 

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