Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Alex Conover0
Alumnus named next superintendent of Richfield Public Schools
On his journey of becoming a superintendent, Steven Unowsky was looking for a school district where he would be a good match. He found that mutual fit in Richfield Public Schools.
And so Unowsky — who earned his Educational Administration Licensure from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2002 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership here — will cross the river to become a superintendent after serving the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) for the past 10 years.
“Richfield has a long and proud tradition of remaining focused on students,” Unowsky said. “It is a diverse community committed to serving all students and families. I believe that the needs of Richfield Public Schools provide an excellent match for my skills, experience and passion for public education.”
While working at SPPS, Unowsky was provided with “excellent experiences” within the district as both an employee and as a parent. Most recently, as an assistant superintendent for the past two years, Unowsky was able to watch and learn what it took to excel at the top leadership position.
“The most important first steps for a superintendent is to truly learn about the needs of the system and community,” Unowsky said. “My first role will be to listen and learn from all Richfield stakeholders. Our work together will be to create a unified team. Upon this foundation, we will create a clear vision together. The next step will be a strategic plan that can help guide our work into the future.”
Unowsky began his studies at Saint Mary’s and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs in 2000. He enrolled with a desire to grow professionally, and Saint Mary’s delivered.
When seeking his doctorate 10 years later, Unowsky re-enrolled at Saint Mary’s after remembering how positive his first experience was.
“I chose to rejoin Saint Mary’s due to the strength of the program, the diversity of colleagues in the program, and the work that program leaders do to support students in the program,” Unowsky said. “I have been consistently impressed with the leadership at Saint Mary’s and their understanding of how to provide a strong education for students (who are) balancing work and life along the way.”
Prior to joining SPPS in 2004, Unowksy was assistant principal at both Annunciation School in Minneapolis and Dhahran Middle School in Saudi Arabia.
About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.