June 4, 2004
When Colorado educator Shirley Miles read Tempe Union High School District’s advertisement for a new superintendent in an education journal this winter, she thought, "There’s the job for me."
On Thursday morning, the district’s governing board agreed.
In a unanimous vote, the board appointed Miles, 48, as the successor of James Buchanan, who will retire June 30 after 13 years with the district.
"She has the enthusiasm, the experience and the attitude of being successful," governing board member Daniel Perkins said.
Although the Tempe position will be Miles’ first as a superintendent, Perkins said Miles "had all the tools" and responded to questions like an experienced leader.
Miles, who returned to Colorado Springs on Thursday after spending Wednesday in the East Valley, has served as human resources director in Colorado’s Academy District 20 since 1998. Before that, Miles served four years as principal of a Denver high school.
"Most of my experience has been at the high school level," Miles said Thursday from her office in Colorado Springs.
A single mother who’s youngest son just graduated from high school, Miles said the Tempe position appealed to her because she enjoys working with teenagers and enjoys the Arizona climate. "I really don’t mind the heat," she said.
Miles said she learned about the job offer when she arrived at the Denver airport. She said her first phone call was to her parents, and then to her two sons.
"They were all rooting for me," she said.
The board will meet Monday to discuss the terms of Miles’ contract.