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Williamsville School District Names Dr. Darren Brown-Hall Superintendent

Williamsville School District Names Dr. Darren Brown-Hall Superintendent

Takes leadership post at WNY’s largest suburban district after 17 years in Buffalo

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY May 6, 2021 – The Williamsville Central School District Board of Education is very pleased to announce that this evening it appointed Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall, chief of staff of the Buffalo Public Schools, as Williamsville’s new superintendent. 

“We are pleased to announce that as a result of an open search process, under the leadership of District Superintendent for Erie 1 BOCES, Dr. Lynn Fusco, the Williamsville Board of Education has selected Dr. Darren Brown-Hall as our next Superintendent of Schools,” said Board of Education President Teresa Anne Leatherbarrow.  “Dr. Brown-Hall’s experience and achievements in Buffalo Public Schools have prepared him to adeptly and effectively lead the Williamsville Central School District into the future. Community involvement and support was a critical component to the open search process.  As a Board, we wish to thank all of the students, staff, parents, community leaders who participated in this process; both those who completed our district survey and those who gave of their time to serve on an advisory interview committee. After careful consideration of all feedback, and several rounds of interviews, we the Board of Education have made the decision that Dr. Brown-Hall is the right leader at the right time.  Together, we will cohesively lead the District sharing a collective vision of supporting all learners to reach their full potential.”

“I am honored to join the Williamsville community as the next Superintendent of Schools.  I look forward to working with the District team and the board to find the most effective and dynamic ways to adapt to the new normal that our students, families, teachers and district leaders face,” Dr. Brown-Hall said. “This is a time, especially in education, where collaborative, creative leadership will pay enormous dividends for our students going forward into a changed world.”

Dr. Brown-Hall, 47, most recently served for the past six years as the Buffalo Public Schools’ second-ranking executive, as chief of staff to Dr. Kriner Cash.  In this capacity, Dr. Brown-Hall concentrated on overseeing the daily operations of the district including improving student academic results, closing the achievement gap, and assisting senior staff in many efforts to support students’ career and college readiness.  He also worked in Buffalo as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent and interim superintendent before becoming chief of staff.  He began his career as a teacher in the Sweet Home Central School District. 

Dr. Brown-Hall graduated from SUNY Buffalo State College with a B.S. in mathematics.  He received his Master of Arts (M.A.) from Buffalo State, an MBA from Canisius College in finance and information systems and earned his Ed.D. from the University of Buffalo in 2018. He also holds an advanced certificate in School Business and Human Resource Management from the UB Graduate School of Education, obtained in 2009. Dr. Brown-Hall lives in the Town of Amherst.

Asked on his application to describe his view of the role of superintendent in Williamsville, Dr. Brown-Hall wrote, notably:   “The superintendent does not, and cannot, do the job alone. The superintendent relies on all stakeholders to contribute to the overall success of the district.”

Since September, Dr. John McKenna served as Williamsville’s acting superintendent. “We especially want to thank Dr. McKenna for his unwavering and committed service to the district and its students,” Leatherbarrow said. “Dr. McKenna is a man of great integrity who filled an immediate and essential need, and stepped in to steer the ship and calm the waters during a seriously challenging time. We are grateful to Dr. McKenna and our district leadership team, for getting our district back on track to get our schools operating effectively under the health and safety provisions of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are pleased he’s part of the Williamsville team.”  Dr. McKenna will continue serving as Acting Superintendent through June 30th after which he will resume his responsibilities as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at the District, a job he held for three years.

Dr. Brown-Hall will be paid $212,500 as Williamsville superintendent and will start July 1, 2021. He becomes the first Black superintendent in Erie County’s largest suburban school district and is the first Black superintendent outside of Buffalo in the eight counties of Western New York.