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Mary Nash Robinson Explains Why She Withdrew Her Name from Superintendent Search

Mary Nash Robinson

After months of searching and more time arguing, Caddo schools have an interim superintendent: Dr. Mary Nash Robinson. This also means the search for the next superintendent has hit a major snag.


Dr. Mary Nash Robinson withdrew her name as a candidate for the position, but has accepted the job as interim superintendent. We asked why she decided to go in this direction.

“I thought this decision would help move the process along. So on behalf of the parents, students, and employees I withdrew my name,” she told KEEL. “The troops needed direction – let’s move on.”


The search process begins again and it’s expected to take 90 days. KEEL news asked Robinson her opinion about the other finalist, John Dilworth. “He would be an excellent candidate…I have worked for him in the past,” Robinson said. “Should the board select him, I would be honored to work with him again.”


We asked the new interim superintended if it will be difficult to find a new superintendent now that the new school year is beginning and most of the top educators have jobs.

“They made it tougher to find a leader, no doubt about that,” she conceded, adding that she’s willing to serve until a new leader is in place and could also stay on as Chief of Staff. That outcome will depend on the board’s final selection.

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