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Linford sworn in as 19th superintendent of the Davis School District

Jul 05, 2022 12:09PM ● By Becky Ginos

Business Administrator Craig Carter gives Dr. Daniel Linford the Oath of Office at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Linford replaces Reid Newey who retires at the end of this month. Photo by Becky Ginos

FARMINGTON—It’s official. Dr. Daniel Linford was sworn in as the 19th superintendent in the Davis School District at a Board of Education meeting held Tuesday night. The board appointed Linford in April. He takes over for Reid Newey who has served as superintendent for five years and retires at the end of this month. Linford will officially start July 1. 

Linford currently serves as a secondary school director for the district and was among seven finalists for the position. He has 23 years of experience in education and began his career teaching high school English. Linford became the assistant principal of Viewmont High School in 2005, then principal in 2011. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English teaching from Weber State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah.

“I am committed to the district and appreciate the board’s support,” said Linford after taking the Oath of Office. “We have challenges but I’m ready to take those on. We have a bright future here in the district.”

Outgoing superintendent Reid Newey took a moment to say his goodbyes. “I’d like to thank the board,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had every day to show up and work with great people.”

 It’s been a pleasure and a joy, said Newey. “I love everyone. I’ll miss it but I don’t think you’ll see me at these meetings anymore. You might keep looking though, I’m sure there will be a bald guy somewhere. This has been a great point in my life.”

“The Davis School District Board of Education unanimously affirms Dr. Daniel Linford as the new superintendent of Schools,” the board said in a statement. “Linford is highly qualified and well respected in DSD and across the state for his work ethic and academic rigor. He has applied his teaching and administrative experience to support schools across the district in his director role. We see Linford as an innovative leader who will utilize his communication skills and open-minded approach to be a problem-solver and relationship builder. The board recognizes the unique challenges of our time and expects leadership that is accountable and equitable in working with all stakeholders. We look forward to continued excellence and progress in Davis District with Linford’s collaborative leadership and commitment to student achievement.”

“The district office has world class people who make it go and work behind the scenes,” said Linford. “We have the best teachers and families who are sending us all the best kids. I hope I live up to your expectations. I certainly plan to.” λ