COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Schools has named Dr. Talisa Dixon as its next superintendent.
The Columbus City Schools Board of Education decided on Dixon during a meeting Thursday night.
Dixon is a former Columbus principal and the current Cleveland Heights/University Heights superintendent.
Dixon toured the district on Monday and parents and others in the community had a chance to hear from her and ask questions during an open forum session.
Dr. Dixon became Superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in July 2014.
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.
Before her work in Saginaw, 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, according to the website.