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COMO YOU KNOW: Chris Belcher

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 4:34 p.m. CST; updated 7:18 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Summary

Dr. Chris Belcher is the superintendent of the Columbia Public School district. Belcher has worked in the education field for 28 years in various teaching and administrative positions. Belcher is 49 years old, has been married to his wife, Jackie, for 28 years, and has a 20-year-old daughter, Alex. He announced in January that he would retire as superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, effective June 30, to take a faculty position at MU in the College of Education.

Factbox

Contact Dr. Belcher

Phone: 573-214-3410

Fax: 573-214-3401

Email: cbelcher@columbia.k12.mo.us

Mailing address: 1818 West Worley St., Columbia

Columbia Public Schools website: http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/

Full text

Chris Belcher began as superintendent for the Columbia Public School District in July 2009. Prior to working in Columbia, Belcher was the superintendent of the Kearney R-1 School District, his hometown school, from 2005 to 2009. Belcher has four college degrees, including a bachelor’s degree of science education in biology and chemistry, a master’s degree of science education for secondary education, an education specialist degree in administration – all from the University of Central Missouri – and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from MU.

During his 28 years in education, Belcher has worked in six school districts, including Warrensburg R-IV School District, the Blue Springs R-IV School District, the Liberty Public School District #53 and the Holden R-III School District, as well as working as an associate professor of secondary education at the University of Central Missouri. Other positions he has held include assistant superintendent, class principal, assistant principal, biology/chemistry teacher, and educational consultant to a number of public schools and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In April, Belcher renewed his contract to work as superintendent of the Columbia schools through 2015. Belcher is directly involved with the 29 public schools, visiting one school each day to interact with students and faculty. In Belcher’s first news conference as superintendent, he said he already had big plans for the school district, including setting long-term goals for educational standards, maintaining close relations with the school board and re-evaluating the budget to find the most efficient way to spend the school district’s money. Since beginning his work as superintendent, Belcher has helped improve the school district in many ways, including helping establish strong relationships with employees of the school district and the community and helping get the $120 million bond issue for improving public school buildings passed.

Belcher has acquired many awards over the years, including the Missouri State Teachers Association Administrator of the Year, the Blue Springs Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator Award and the Peters Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship Award. He is active in the community as a member of the Northwest Rotary Club and the Boy Scouts of America, he serves as a director of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of professional boards that serve Missouri schools and other organizations for education. Belcher and his wife, Jackie, are active in the United Methodist Church, and enjoy traveling, working out, reading and listening to music, especially blues.

Links and sources

Biography on school district website

Columbia Daily Tribune editorial endorsing Belcher as new superintendent

Belcher eager for new position, Columbia Daily Tribune article

New school superintendent answers questions from community

Chris Belcher talks about his first 100 days in the Columbia district

Columbia Public Schools superintendent off to brisk start

Updated: March 8, 2013


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