March 9, 2017 -- Following a national search of candidates, the ReNEW Schools Board of Directors unanimously voted Thursday to appoint Kevin Guitterrez as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Guitterrez, who currently serves as president of ReNEW Schools, will transition into the new role as CEO in June.
“Kevin has dedicated his career to serving students in this city and across the state,” said ReNEW Board Chair Stephen Rosenthal. “Kevin has excelled as ReNEW’s president and will carry on his good work as CEO. He’s very passionate about pushing the ReNEW Schools staff and, most importantly, our students toward success.”
In September, Colleen Mackay announced she would step down from the CEO position following the 2016-2017 school year to move out-of-state to be with family. Under her leadership, ReNEW enhanced its service delivery systems for students with disabilities, bolstered its student support team and implemented a new structure for school leader oversight.
The search for Mackay’s replacement, led by national firm Bellwether Education Partners, drew interest from numerous candidates. Rosenthal said the decision to promote Guitterrez will help ReNEW Schools maintain the strong momentum it has experienced during Mackay’s tenure.
“We’re incredibly grateful for Colleen’s steady leadership since stepping into the CEO role. We feel it’s important to continue building on this foundation,” Rosenthal said. “Kevin has exceptional expertise in educating students and managing charter organizations, and moreover, he is a passionate champion of ReNEW’s mission.”
“I sincerely appreciate the guidance and expertise that Colleen has offered as a founder of ReNEW, in addition to leading the network through a program of rigorous improvements as CEO,” Guitterrez said. “It is important for us to leverage the progress made over the last year into significant academic gains for the students we serve.”Guitterrez served as the founding CAO at the Algiers Charter Schools Association and Deputy Superintendent of the Recovery School District before taking on the role of President at ReNEW. He also served as a Senior Vice President of Services and Partnerships for the National Institute for Excellence in Education.