Dr. Dixon described as “effective leader” by Cleveland principal

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The Columbus City Schools Board of Education named Dr. Talisa Dixon as the district’s next superintendent at a meeting of the board Thursday night.

Dixon is a former Columbus principal and the current superintendent at the Cleveland Heights/University Heights School District.

Dixon toured the Columbus district on Monday allowing parents and others in the community a chance to hear from her and ask questions during an open forum session.

She became superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in July 2014.

Rachael Coleman, a middle school principal in the district, said Dixon has been an effective leader.

“I’ve known her to be a very authentic leader and (someone who) actually sets high expectation,” Coleman said. “She also plans carefully for those expectations so honestly, I think Columbus will be in pretty good hands.” 

Prior to joining the CH-UH School District, Dixon served in the Saginaw Public Schools as deputy superintendent for Teaching & Learning from 2010 to 2014, according to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District website.

She began her professional career as an instructor at the University of Akron, before becoming an assistant principal with the Akron City Schools, according to the site.

Dixon grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and she graduated from Oxford High School, after which she attended Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in Sociology, according to the site. She has three masters degrees and a doctorate from the University of Akron.

Dixon was an administrator in the Columbus Schools from 2001 to 2010. As principal for Columbus Alternative High School, she focused on increasing educational access and achievement, particularly among minority students, according to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District website.

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