SALT LAKE CITY — Timothy Gadson III has resigned as superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District, ending months of controversy that began almost immediately after he took office.
The move comes the same day the school board voted 7-0 on a separation agreement with Gadson. Following mediation between the two parties, the district and Gadson agreed to offer terms of settlement to end his brief tenure.
Gadson will remain with the district as a consultant until June 30. Whether he will receive his full salary will be determined in the settlement and announced next week.
Although he was appointed to the position in February 2021 after spending time as the Associate Superintendent of High Schools with Anoka-Hennepin Schools in Anoka, Minnesota. Gadson didn’t officially start in the role until July 1, 2021.
At the time, Gadson was hailed as an education leader who puts students first and served as the district’s first-ever black superintendent. But his brief stint in the role was marred by several complaints ranging from travel issues, favoritism and inappropriate behavior at work.
A FOX 13 investigative report showed the district spent more than $60,000 investigating complaints against Gadson, but only issued verbal warnings for undisclosed infractions.
In July, Gadson was placed on administrative leave by the district, with multiple sources claiming the board had called for his resignation. A few weeks later, Associate Superintendent Gwendolyn Johnson-White tendered her resignation.
Following Gadson’s firing, the Salt Lake County School District will now seek its fourth superintendent in four years.