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PXU superintendent resigning after 8 years

Superintendent Chad Gestson will be leaving at the end of this school year to take a new job.

PHOENIX — Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Chad Gestson will be stepping down at the end of this school year to take a new job elsewhere.

After eight years leading the district, Gestson is leaving PXU to serve as executive director of the Arizona Institute for Education and Economy and a special advisor to the president of Northern Arizona University.

Gestson said he felt bittersweet about leaving PXU but felt confident the district was in a solid position for further success.

"We have emerged from the pandemic - and the unmodernized era - stronger than ever. Our brand and our portfolio are nationally recognized," Gestson said in a statement.

Gestson initially worked as principal of Camelback High School before he was promoted to superintendent. The district said it will soon announce details regarding the selection of its next superintendent.

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