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Hamilton BOE Appoints William Dowsland As New Superintendent

March 5, 2019                                                                                                              

For Immediate Release –

From Michelle Jacobsen, Board of Education President

Hamilton Central School District


Hamilton Board of Education Appoints William Dowsland As New Superintendent

The Hamilton Central School District Board of Education appointed Mr. William Dowsland as its next Superintendent of Schools at a board meeting on March 4, 2019 at 6:30pm. The Board selected Mr. Dowsland after a multi-step review of candidates and thoughtful deliberation.


Mr. Dowsland has been with the Hamilton Central School District since 1998, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. He is currently the Junior/Senior High School Principal, a position he has held since 2012. He previously served as Assistant Principal and Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics. He joined Hamilton as a Physical Education and Health teacher.


In his current capacity as Principal, he has served as an educational leader for the secondary level, including developing, implementing and evaluating a data-driven plan to increase student achievement. He coordinated the expansion of the school’s Advanced Placement and dual credit offerings, developed the school’s master schedule, and served on teams related to the district’s Strategic Plan development. He has experience with budgeting, negotiations, strategic planning, family and community engagement, school accountability, community partnerships, staff evaluations, school accreditation, and state and federal regulations.


Mr. Dowsland holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Health, both from SUNY Cortland. He earned his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and he holds certificates as both a School Building Leader and a School District Leader. Outside of school, he coaches softball and has earned Coach of the Year honors from New York State, the Utica Observer-Dispatch and the Syracuse Post-Standard.


“I am extremely excited to take on the role of Superintendent and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with all stakeholders and continue the work of the district as we prepare our students to be future-ready. The district’s goals within the strategic plan - to improve communication, build a dynamic academic culture, and increase family and community engagement - are all areas in which I will continue to work on as we move the district forward,” Mr. Dowsland said. “I am fully committed to carrying on the tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and extracurriculars for which Hamilton is widely recognized.”


The Board of Education began its search for a new Superintendent of Schools in August and engaged with community stakeholder groups to determine expectations, needs and goals for the district, the search process and the new Superintendent. The Board received nine applications and, after a careful and thoughtful screening process, interviewed three outstanding candidates.


The Board of Education believes Mr. Dowsland will be an asset to the Hamilton Central School District and the entire community.


“The Board of Education sought candidates who could articulate a clear vision and mission for the district, work with an economically diverse student population, commit to being an integral part of our community, and effectively collaborate with area partners.” said Board President Michelle Jacobsen. “Mr. Dowsland embodies these qualities. He is a transparent communicator and a visionary leader who genuinely values and cares about students, faculty and staff. He is approachable, honest, and fair, and he will bring a great deal of stability to our district going forward.”


For more information, please contact Michelle Jacobsen, Board President, at (315) 824-6310.