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Raiding Arizona for new leaders

Fort Worth school Superintendent Kent Scribner was the first of three recent recruits from Phoenix.
Fort Worth school Superintendent Kent Scribner was the first of three recent recruits from Phoenix. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Fort Worth and Phoenix are two great cities of what promoters used to call the “Great Southwest.”

We have much in common with Arizona, so much that some Phoenix leaders have decided to make Fort Worth their next move.

First, Fort Worth hired nationally prominent urban school superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner away from the Phoenix Union High School District.

(It probably didn’t hurt any that his parents, both former college education professors, live in Dallas.)

Then the new medical school shared by Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center hired Dean Stuart Flynn. For eight years, he had been leader of the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Phoenix campus.

Flynn in turn has brought along four top senior administrators.

Lately, Tarrant County College trustees made Scottsdale college administrator Eugene Giovannini their choice as the lone finalist for the position of chancellor.

Giovannini, a 30-year college administrator, was the founding president of Maricopa Corporate College.

Arizona has had some rough-and-tumble politics lately. Texas and Tarrant County are a more settled place for education professionals.

They’ve already worked out west. That should prepare them well to work where the West begins.

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