David Ryan named superintendent of SAU 16By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
March 13. 2018 11:55PM
EXETER — The school superintendent for Allenstown, Chichester and Epsom has been named the new superintendent of School Administrative Unit 16.
The SAU 16 Joint School Board announced that David Ryan was offered the job and will take over his new role on July 1.
Ryan will replace interim Superintendent Christine Rath, who was appointed following the death of Michael Morgan last June.
SAU 16 serves the towns of Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields and Stratham.
Ryan, a Hooksett resident, has been superintendent at SAU 53 since July 1 after spending four years as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Manchester.
He also served as principal of Nashua High School North from 2006 to 2013.
Ryan described Morgan as a “role model” and said he’s close to many who live and work in SAU 16.
“I have always thought of SAU 16 as a career position and over the last 10 years have looked for a path into the SAU, but timing was never right. Given all of that, and despite timing being poor once again having just started in SAU 53, I chose to participate in the interview process because I just felt it was that important. I am very grateful for the time I have spent in SAU 53 and everyone has been wonderful. I am excited to join the team in SAU 16 and help move the organization forward,” Ryan said.
Travis Thompson, who chairs the SAU 16 Joint Board and superintendent search committee, said the board had two “excellent candidates” in Ryan and Esther Asbell, an associate superintendent in SAU 16.
“Esther has provided strong leadership for our district and the Joint Board has tremendous respect and appreciation for all she has done for SAU 16. We look forward to having an exceptionally talented team with David Ryan as superintendent and Esther Asbell as associate superintendent,” Thompson said in a statement.