Firm That District Used In Superintendent Search

This comes from the District's webpage:

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education is continuing its search for a permanent superintendent. Plans call for the Board to select the district’s 2017-18 superintendent by late January or early February. Applications closed on Nov. 11 with a total of 36 individuals applying for the job by the deadline.
The Board of Education is working with BWP and Associates on the search process. The consultants are currently screening the 36 candidates and will present a slate of qualified candidates to the Board of Education by early December. BWP and Associates is determining this list using a screening process that incorporates feedback from the community and the Board of Education.
More than 750 community members shared their opinions earlier this fall through focus groups and an online survey. In the survey and the focus groups, participants were asked to help identify critical attributes for the district’s next superintendent.
Dr. Bert Kimble of BWP and Associates presented community feedback gathered from the surveys and groups at an Oct. 13 Board of Education work session. Using this feedback, the consultants and Board of Education developed a leadership profile for the superintendent.
Board of Education members plan to begin interviewing candidates for the permanent superintendent position during December.
The new superintendent will begin working within Lee’s Summit R-7 during summer 2017. Dr. Dave Benson was named Lee’s Summit R-7 interim superintendent on Aug. 16. He began serving in this role on Sept. 1 and will serve as interim through June 2017.
This is the information that I have been able to find for BWP and Associates:

Where We've Worked
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Grandview GC-4
Hazelwood School District
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Mehlville School District
School District of Joplin R-VIII
Park Hill School District
Webster Groves School District
Board of Directors
Dr. Mark Friedman [ Resume ]
President, BWP & Associates, Ltd.
Retired Superintendent, Libertyville Elementary School District 70, Libertyville, Illinois; and 2009 Illinois Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Ronald Barnes [ Resume ]
Retired Executive Director, Indiana School Executive Leadership Academy, and Professor of Leadership & Policy Studies, Indiana University; Retired Superintendent, High School District 230, Orland Park, Illinois
Dr. Houston Conley [ Resume ]
Retired Professor of Education, Virginia Tech University; and
Former Deputy Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, Ohio
Dr. Debra A. Hill [ Resume ] Retired Superintendent, West Northfield School District 31, Northbrook, Illinois;
President-Elect, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD
Dr. Nolan Estes
Former Associate U.S. Commissioner of Education (Johnson Administration); and
Former Superintendent, Dallas Public Schools, Dallas, Texas 
Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried Resume ]
Retired Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards; and has conducted or assisted with approximately 70 school superintendent searches
Dr. Anne Noland Resume ]
Retired Superintendent, Forest Ridge School District 142, Oak Forest, Illinois; and Principal Mentor, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, Illinois
Dr. Philip Ehrhardt [ Resume ]
Superintendent, Benjamin School District 25; Adjunct Professor at Indiana University, Concordia University, Aurora University 
Dr. William C. Symons [ Resume ]
Managing Director
BWP and Associates, Ltd.

William Symons has served as a school administrator for over 35 years in various positions in both large and small school systems. His administrative career includes 19 years as a Superintendent of Schools in four districts in three states - Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. After retiring as Superintendent in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2002, he has been an Executive Search Consultant with both Harold Webb Associates and BWP & Associates. He recently completed an interim superintendent role in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dr. Symons received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University, his M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and his Ed.D from Virginia Tech.

Larry Ascough (TX)
Mary Ann Blaskowitz (SC)
Bruce Brown (IL)
Kevin Castner (VA)
Charles Coleman (MI)
Mary Conley (MD)
Stanley Durtan, Jr. (VA)
Phil Ehrhardt (IL)
Darrell Floyd (TX)
Hector Garcia (IL)
Steven Griesbach (IL)
E. Wayne Harris (VA)
Sheila Harrison-Williams (IL)

Karl Hertz (WI)
Don  Hooper (TX)
John Hunt (IL)
Joan S. Isenberg (MA)
James T. Jeffers (AL)
Bert B. Kimble (MO)
Eric A. King (IL)
Joan Kowal (FL)
Phil McDaniel (IN)
Lee Monroe (NC)
Hector Montenegro (TX)
Thomas Mullins (IL)
Jon N. Nebor (IL)
Ruben  Olivarez (TX)

 Joseph M. Porto (IL)
Fred Primm, Jr. (AL)
Guy Schumacher (IL)
Odell Stuckey (SC)
James Tucker (VA)
David VanWinkle (IL)
Nicholas D. Wahl (IN)
Patricia Wernet (IL)
Kathleen Williams (WI)
Susan Workman (IL)
Gary K. Wright (MO)
Ann Wyatt (AL)
Youssef Yomtoob (IL)
Mike Zolkoski (TX)

Bert B. Kimble

  • Former Superintendent of Schools at Jefferson City Public Schools

  • Former Superintendent of Schools at Odessa R-VII School District

  • Former Superintendent of Schools at Ralls Country R-II School District

  • Former Assistant Superintendent of Schools at Knox County Schools

  • Former High School Principal at Knox County Schools

  • Former Teacher at Sedalia School District 200

  • Gary K. Wright
  • Missouri Association of School Administrators
  • The Director of the New Superintendents’ Academy will be Dr. Gary K. Wright. Dr. Wright has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, principal, central office administrator, 
  • superintendent, foundation officer, adjunct college professor, and director of a regional 
  • educational service center. He also brings the perspective of having experience in working
  • with boards of education in the selection of new superintendents for their school districts, 
  • and has provided leadership for planning and directing the Academy for New Superintendents. 
  • During this time, he has also done extensive research on identifying the needs of new superintendents as well as identifying how other states have organized programs to meet those needs.


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