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Dr. Pamela Kissel Named Interim Leader

The Rush-Henrietta Board of Education has appointed Dr. Pamela Kissel as the district’s interim superintendent. She will serve in this capacity until a permanent replacement is identified to replace Bo Wright, who is departing June 30. Wright soon will become the next superintendent for the Geneva City School District. Kissel’s appointment was made during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting June 14, 2022.

“Dr. Kissel brings with her a wealth of experience and a high level of enthusiasm for the job,” says Diane McBride, president of the Board of Education. “The board took this appointment seriously and is fortunate to find someone with her skills and leadership ability to help during this transition.”

Kissel is well-remembered in local educational circles for her successful seven-year tenure as the superintendent of the Churchville-Chili Central School District. She also has served as an assistant superintendent of instruction for Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, principal of Penfield High School, and as an assistant high school principal and Committee on Special Education chair at Cato-Meridian Central School. She began her career championing literacy as a high school English teacher.

Since retiring from Churchville-Chili in 2014, Kissel has remained active on the education scene, helping to guide numerous organizations through times of change. For six months in 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, she was interim superintendent at the Spencerport Central School District. In addition, during the 2018-2019 school year, she spent six months as interim chief of schools for Rochester City School District. She looks forward to supporting our school community for six to 12 months while a permanent superintendent is identified. During the June 14 meeting, the board also approved Monroe ONE BOCES to serve as consultant for that search, which begins this summer.

“It will be my privilege to serve the students and families of the Rush-Henrietta Central School District,” said Kissel, when asked about assuming the role of interim superintendent. “I look forward to meeting the entire school community and helping the district make a smooth transition to a new school leader.”

Kissel received both her doctorate in English Education and the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from Syracuse University. She completed the Superintendent's Development Program at the State University of New York at Oswego, and has a master’s degree in reading education from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Since 2015, Kissel has been a visiting assistant professor/adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. There, she has taught courses such as Organizational Dynamics and The Superintendency in the 21st Century. She has also been a leadership coach for the Institute for Student Achievement. In that role, she has provided mentoring to Rochester City School principals and co-facilitated professional development.

As a respected educational leader, Kissel has held many leadership roles. Her experience includes serving as president of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents, Cayuga County Middle School Principals’ Association, and Genesee Valley Reading Association. She also has worked as vice president of the New York State English Council.

Kissel is expected to join Rush-Henrietta at the beginning of August. In July, Andrew Whitmore, assistant superintendent for school finance and operations, will be the acting superintendent.

Please welcome Dr. Pamela Kissel to the Rush-Henrietta Central School District!