Where Are They Now? An Update on Last Year's Superintendent Candidates

With Fred Clarke searching for a new job, Rochester may need to look for a new leader soon.

In the spring of 2011, Rochester Board of Education members, along with teachers and other school staff and members of the community, for the leadership role that was being left by retiring Superintendent David Pruneau.

Of those six candidates, the Board chose Fred Clarke, who has indicated this week that he is searching for a new job. 

Clarke has not resigned. He is a in west Michigan and has also applied for a superintendent position with . 

He has said his "true passion lies in working to close the achievement gap in districts that are challenged in ways that Rochester is not.”

With the possibility looming that Rochester may be searching for a new leader, here's an update on where the other five candidates are now, one year later:

Geraldine Moore

Geraldine Moore is still assistant superintendent for instruction for Rochester Community Schools. She has held that position since 2006. In that role, she is the direct supervisor of all principals and assistant principals in the school district and is the acting superintendent in the superintendent's absence.

Rochester has two assistant superintendents.

Moore was one of three finalists interviewed by board members last year. 

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is still superintendent of Imlay City Schools, where he worked previously as a principal and assitant principal. 

Richards was one of three finalists interviewed by board members last year. 


Paul DeAngelis

Paul DeAngelis is still deputy superintendent for educational services for Birmingham Public Schools. He received his doctorate degree from Oakland University. 

Thomas Harwood

At the time that he interviewed for the Rochester position, Thomas Harwood was assistant superintendent for human resources for Grosse Pointe Schools. Since then,


Karl Paulson

Karl Paulson is still superintendent of Lakeview Schools in St. Clair Shores. He is a Lake Orion resident and earned a degree from Oakland University.

Nancy Boughner July 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Geraldine Moore should be offered the job. She is qualified and really cares about the school system and the Rochester/Rochester Hills area.
Sonia Milton July 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
So you're saying our teachers and staff have no original ideas?!! Do we hire only followers? There's no incentive to accomplish more? Being in Rochester Schools is pretty much a dead end job? How sad....
Joshua Raymond July 27, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Sonia, please do not intentionally distort my comments. We are addressing the superintendent position and it is common practice for organizations to hire from outside to have the benefit of new knowledge and ideas along with ideas that already exist internally.
Sonia Milton July 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Joshua, I believe you should ask the people who are there in the trenches with the everyday operations of our school system how they feel. Let them speak anonymously so they won't have to worry about repercussions.
Joshua Raymond July 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Sonia, to what exactly are you referring to? How they feel about going outside the district for a superintendent? How they feel about administration? I'm not catching your drift.


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