Red Deer Public School District

Superintendent Announcement

Board names its next Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Erickson as Superintendent of Schools effective August 5, 2020. Mr. Erickson will take over from Stu Henry who is retiring after a 33 years career in education and having served the division as Superintendent for the last five years. Prior to that, Mr. Henry served Red Deer Public as Deputy Superintendent and as principal at Eastview Middle School.

Currently Associate Superintendent – Student Services, Mr. Erickson has been a teacher and administrator for 23 years.  Erickson joined Red Deer Public Schools in 2005 as Vice Principal at Oriole Park School and then became Principal of the Alternative School Centre in 2009 prior to joining the Division’s Senior Admin team five years ago. Mr. Erickson received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland.

“Mr. Erickson is an exceptional and respected leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Superintendent”, said Board Chair, Nicole Buchanan. “The Board conducted an extensive search and considered options in selecting the next Superintendent. The Board felt that Mr. Erickson will provide strong valued leadership to Red Deer Public Schools while bringing continuity and stability to the district.”

“When embarking on the Superintendent search, the Board of Trustees, through consultations with our stakeholders, identified the key attributes it was seeking in its next leader,” said Chair Buchanan. “We have confidence our new superintendent will: 

  • build strong collaborative relationships and partnerships throughout the district, in our community, and with government
  • provide strong, trustworthy, and visionary leadership in potentially challenging years ahead  
  • ensure a continued focus on student and staff wellness / resilience
  • ensure our district focus on equity and inclusion continues to thrive 
  • ensure quality educational practice throughout the district to support our pillars of numeracy & literacy, equity, and student success and completion

“It’s an honour to serve in this role and I appreciate the confidence the Board has demonstrated in me,” said Erickson. “I welcome the opportunity to continue the great work our division has undertaken to best meet the needs of our students. We have an outstanding and committed staff with tremendous support from parents and the community to provide great learning opportunities for students”, said Erickson. “The opportunity to work with teachers, support staff and community partners to best meet the needs of all learners is exciting. Red Deer Public’s reputation to respond to the unique needs of students is outstanding. We have great opportunities to ensure students succeed and reach their full potential.

“Chad is an outstanding leader who is committed to meeting the needs of each student. He is a known champion for excellence in instruction, inclusion  as well as mental health and wellness that ensures student needs are met and they achieve their full potential,” said current Superintendent Stu Henry.

“Stu Henry has provided incredible leadership to Red Deer Public Schools and is highly respected as Superintendent across the district and beyond. He has positioned the District well, as a strong and passionate champion for public education and our priorities on Literacy and Numeracy, Equity, Student success and Completion”, said Chair Buchanan.

Henry and his wife Trudy, who recently retired as a principal in Chinook’s Edge School Division, plan to stay in Red Deer and be active in the community.

For more information, please contact:

  • Chad Erickson, Superintendent Designate – 403-342-3715 (bus) or 403-392-5547 (cell)
  • Nicole Buchanan, Board Chair – 403-596-4611 (cell)
  • Bruce Buruma, Director of Community Relations – 403-352-2827 (cell)