Dr. Scott Thielman named Superintendent of BHM

Scott Thielman
Monday Apr 26, 10


Superintendent contract negotiations went quicker than expected and at a special board meeting following the June 14 workshop, the school board approved the appointment of Dr. Scott Thielman as the next superintendent for Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools.

Thielman (pronounced Till-man) comes to the district from Albany, Minn., where he has served as the superintendent for the past four years.  Prior to that, he served four years as superintendent for the Kimball, Minn., school district.  He began his career in education after graduating from St.Cloud State University in 1988, as an elementary teacher in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Corpus Christi is a large district with 63 schools serving 43,000 students.

After a few short years in the district, Thielman advanced to elementary assistant principal and then to elementary principal.  Within his 13-year career, he would advance to elementary, middle and finally high school principal before making his move back to Minnesota.

While in his various leadership roles, Thielman has been allowed to successfully implement programs that have benefited students and the community.  His role as a principal at primary and secondary levels has given him unique experiences from daily interaction with students and staff to understanding the vast curriculum needs.

In Albany, Thielman has managed the increase of college credit opportunities, the implementation of an all-day-every-day kindergarten program and the maintenance of outstanding student achievement results.  Under his leadership, the district was also able to improve their financial condition from a one percent, undesignated-unreserved fund balance.  Thielman has also been very involved in state, regional and local organizations.

Thielman has been interested in BHM for a long time.  "The district has an excellent educational reputation," explains Thielman.  "I am interested in the district because of the potential opportunity to serve a community that is committed to outstanding student opportunities and improving student achievement.  I believe my background and experience make me a great fit for this district and its communities."

The board expressed that Thielman will be a strong leader and brings with him a great deal of experience in education.  They noted that the recurring theme throughout the interview process from Thielman is that he is committed to doing what is best for the student.

Thielman will begin July 1, 2010.