Minneapolis interim superintendent Michael Goar will head Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities after he leaves the school district this summer.
The organization announced Goar’s appointment Wednesday.
“Mr. Goar’s talents and experience are a great fit for BBBS,” said Marci Malzahn, chairwoman of the board of directors.
“His vision and leadership will help advance our mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”
Goar has led the Minneapolis School District since last year, after Bernadeia Johnson resigned. Before that, Goar served as the district’s chief executive. He also has experience as a top district administrator in Memphis and Boston schools.
He made a pitch to become the permanent superintendent of Minneapolis, but was not successful.
He often spoke of his experience as an immigrant child in Minneapolis and the impact that education had on his life.
In the announcement of his new position, Goar spoke of that experience.
“I know firsthand the difference that a mentor can make in a young person’s life.
“Without the support of my own mentor, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” Goar said in a statement. “In this new role, I’m eager to work with BBBS funders, stakeholders, and staff to ensure that even more Twin Cities youth can experience the long-term positive effects of mentoring.”