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Christopher M. Spence Named Superintendent of Utica City School District

The Utica City School District Board of Education has announced a new superintendent.

The announcement was made during a special school board meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

Christopher M. Spence, Ph.D., will take over the district on Monday, August 5. He currently serves as superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District in New Hampshire.

“This process ended in the right place: with the appointment of the best person to serve as superintendent and lead Utica into the future,” said Joseph Hobika, Jr., president of the Utica City School District Board of Education in a statement.

“Dr. Spence is an equity-focused leader with experience in diverse urban districts across New York State. The Board is confident that Dr. Spence has the skills, experience, and character to lead the district, and that his experiences throughout his career will make him a successful district.”

More about the new superintendent

Spence was previously assistant superintendent of strategic planning for the Rochester City School District and served in several roles in Buffalo Public Schools, including assistant principal at Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, program coordinator for Buffalo Aspiring Leadership Academy, and as a high school English language arts (ELA) teacher.

Additionally, he served as an ELA teacher at Buffalo United Charter School and an ELA Intervention Specialist at Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy in New York City.

Spence completed the AASA Urban Superintendent Academy at Howard University and earned two master’s degrees in education in ELA and Educational Administration; a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy; and Certificates of Advanced Study in both School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from the University at Buffalo.

Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology from Hilbert College.

“I look forward to contributing to the continued success and growth of Utica’s diverse student population,” Spence said in a statement. “I am deeply committed to leveraging the diversity within the Utica community as a foundation for fostering understanding, empathy and respect among students, staff, parents, caregivers and community members.”

The Utica City School District Board of Education plans to host a meet-and-greet event for Dr. Spence later today so the community can get to know him in an informal setting.

Information regarding the date, time and location of this event will be provided shortly.