Dysart superintendent resigns, takes Arizona Interscholastic Association job

Posted 4/1/23

Dysart Schools superintendent will leave in June.

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Dysart superintendent resigns, takes Arizona Interscholastic Association job


Jim Dean will be leaving as superintendent of the Dysart Unified School District to take on the role of associate executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Dean’s resignation is effective June 30, according to Renee Ryon, Dysart’s director of communications and marketing.

“It has been my pleasure to serve Dysart Schools for the last 18 years in various capacities,” Dean said.

“Dysart is an outstanding and accomplished district, and I am confident it will continue to foster amazing opportunities for students in the community. I wish the Dysart community the very best, and look forward to watching its continued growth.”

Dean, who serves as president of the Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board, will replace Joe Paddock at the AIA.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding AIA team, serving and meeting the needs of the member schools daily, and continuing to increase athletic achievements for all schools across the state of Arizona,” Dean said.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work in partnership with (Executive Direcotor) David Hines, the AIA staff, students, coaches, school and district administrators to continue to build great high school interscholastic activities."

During the March 20 governing board meeting, the Dysart school board offered John Croteau, assistant superintendent of support services, the opportunity to enter into contract negotiations for the position of superintendent, effective July 1.