The superintendent is appointed by the board of directors and serves as chief executive officer for the district and secretary to the board of directors. The superintendent accepts leadership responsibility and accountability for implementing the vision, goals and policies of the district.
Dr. Adam Swinyard was named superintendent in the summer of 2020, having previously served as associate superintendent for Teaching & Learning Services.
He received a B.A. from Northwest University, and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Executive Leadership from Seattle Pacific University. The focus of his scholarly work has been educational leadership and organizational learning in complex systems.
Dr. Swinyard first joined SPS as a principal assistant at Garry Middle School in 2009. After serving as assistant principal in the Cheney School District for two years, he returned to SPS in 2013 as principal of Sacajawea Middle School. He served as director of Secondary Schools before becoming associate superintendent in 2017.
Dr. Swinyard and his wife have three young children.