A message from Dr. Harold Coles, District Superintendent
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can announce to you that the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education tonight has appointed Dr. Brendan J. Lyons as our new Deputy Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Lyons emerged as the successful candidate for this important leadership position following an exhaustive search process and a series of interviews involving stakeholders from across our organization. During that process, he impressed with both his extensive leadership experience, his analytic approach to problem-solving and his demonstrated commitment to the success and well-being of all students and staff.
Dr. Lyons is well known to our region, having served for many years as a teacher and as a building- and district-level leader. Most notably, he has been superintendent in two large school districts, Arlington and Lakeland. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a master’s from SUNY New Paltz and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.
We are proud to welcome such a staunch advocate for students with both roots in the classroom and experience managing complex organizations. Dr. Lyons embraces the values we hold closely, those of respect, trust, collaboration and excellence. The Board of Education and I welcome him and look forward to his taking our BOCES to even greater heights of success in service of our students and our districts.
Harold A. Coles, Psy.D.