At its May regular meeting, Page Unified School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to make Dr. Bryce Anderson PUSD’s permanent superintendent. The position will become official on July 1, when the district begins the 2022-23 school year.
Anderson brings three decades of teaching and school administration experience to the position. Anderson most recently served as superintendent for Kayenta Unified School District, a position he held for four years.
He has a Doctor of Education in educational administration and supervision from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Minnesota State University.
Anderson was hired in November 2021 to serve as PUSD’s interim superintendent, with the intention of having him remain in that position until the governing board hired a full-time superintendent.
The Governing Board interviewed numerous superintendent candidates in the early months of 2022, but found none as qualified as Anderson. The board asked Anderson to consider staying on as PUSD’s permanent superintendent, and he agreed.
It was an easy decision, Anderson said. During his time here, Anderson was impressed by what he encountered in the community and in the schools.
“A town is defined by its people and Page is a community of amazing people,” he said. “It’s welcoming and they show a high level of support for public education. The parents I’ve met are want to do right by their students and it’s great to be a part of that enthusiasm.”
As Anderson prepares to step into his role on a permanent basis, he says one of his top objectives is to get into the schools and classrooms, something he’s been doing since his first day as interim superintendent.
That’s the best way to get a feel for what’s happening.
“We have a great group of teachers who work very hard. It’s obvious they care a lot about the well-being of their students,” he said.
“These interactions affirm the work that I do. Whether it’s reading to kindergartners, talking about probability with fifth graders, or having a dialogue with the students in the Navajo Language and Culture class, those are the experiences that make this job great."