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DISD Announces Superintendent Finalist

Apr 2, 2012

Pending confirmation by trustees after a 21-day waiting period, Mike Miles will be the new superintendent for Dallas ISD. 

Miles, 55, comes from Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

If confirmed he will replace Michael Hinojosa, who resigned in June to accept a superintendent position in Cobb County, Georgia. 

Following is Miles’ bio as posted on the website for Harrison School District Two:

Mike Miles, 55, formerly the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction of the Fountain-Ft. Carson School District is Harrison School District Two's superintendent.

After graduating from West Point in 1978, Miles entered the ranks of the officer corps at Ft. Lewis, Washington, where he served in the Army's elite Ranger Battalion and commanded an Infantry Rifle Company. After the Army, Miles studied Slavic languages at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Leningrad in Russia. Miles then pursued advanced study of Soviet affairs and public policy at Columbia University after being selected as a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities and winning a National Science Foundation Graduate Scholarship.

Miles graduated from Columbia University in 1989 and joined the U.S. State Department as a Presidential Management Intern. He handled a portfolio usually reserved for more senior officials at the Soviet Desk, making policy recommendations and writing talking points for the Secretary of State regarding German reunification, chemical weapons, NATO and other issues. While at State, Miles became a Foreign Service Officer.

As a diplomat in Warsaw, Poland, Miles tracked Poland's evolving relations with Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe. He analyzed the strength of the post-Communist Party, correctly predicting its return to political power in 1993. A tour in Moscow followed. As Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Miles helped coordinate the Embassy's response to critical events during a time when Russia's relations with the U.S. in a post-Cold War world were as yet undefined. He received the State Department's Meritorious Service Medal in 1994.

The Cold War largely won, Miles and his family decided to return home. He honored his commitment to continue to serve the public interest and entered the field of education. Miles has assumed leadership roles to raise academic standards in his school district and the state. Mr. Miles also serves as an educational consultant and motivational speaker for school districts and other public organizations around the state. He is recognized as an accomplished practitioner of curriculum alignment, organizational effectiveness, and systems thinking.

Miles is married to Karen Miles, and they have three children: Nicholas (20), Madeleine (18), and Anthony (10).