public school district leadership
Phil Stover has spent much of his adult life designing, re-making, and managing programs and departments for public school districts. For those who might suggest that it is easier to consult than "to sit in the chair," Phil has also served as an administrator in public, private, and higher education. As an added bonus he has also spent thirteen years working in school districts from the perspective of Fortune 500 companies (ServiceMaster, Marriott, and Sodexo), rising to the vice presidency of one of their educational services groups. Phil also brings to an organization the sensitivity and healing nature of a therapist and minister, having served as director of counseling services at two colleges, and as a pastor. Phil took a number of graduate courses in anthropology and enjoys the work of an organizational anthropologist. He loves studying the culture and organization of districts and schools, and designing plans to improve their culture, effectiveness and efficiency. Phil's school district engagements have included districts serving such urban areas as Kansas City, Philadelphia, Miami, Anchorage, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale (Broward County), San Diego, and Buffalo.
"Phil has had to make strategic organizational and funding adjustments while safeguarding the core educational and business programs and objectives of our district. In every case, he has made the right choices. He has the rare ability to dissect complex matters and relay the essence to varied audiences withgreat success." Bill Kowba - Former Superintendent of Schools in San Diego and retired Admiral, USN.
Phil most recently served (till July 2015) as Interim Superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, CA. Sweetwater is the largest high school district in California and the second largest border district in the United States. He retired from the Deputy Superintendency of the San Diego Unified School District in October 2014 and is available for short-term (several weeks to several months) engagements helping districts with the following services:
- Alignment and reorganization of district central office or auxiliary services departments
- Budget deficit reduction solutions
- Interim district, department, division, or group management leadership
- School site safety and security
- Decision-making regarding program improvement via either in-sourcing or out-sourcing
- Training in the realignment andintegration of district central office staff for the work of student achievement
- Assessing and development of plans to improve toxic relationships in districts between board and superintendent, staff members, departments, stakeholders, etc.
- Serving as key note speaker or trainer at district special events or professional development opportunities, especially using his humorous and insightful book, The American Public School District - How are the Children?
- Phil is available to conduct workshops for such professional groups as AASA, ASBO, NSBA, CoSN, NACUBO, or their state and regional affiliates
Phil recently spoke to a graduate-level Public Sector Leadership class at San Diego State University. Click on the button to see the humorous, yet insightful PowerPoint Phil used in his presentation:
"Phil Stover and his team have integrated effectively into our staff at the highest level. As superintendent, I have asked Phil, the PGI president, to help us in a variety of tasks, both within and outside of his contractual obligations. He has never refused to take on additional work, nor has he ever charged us additionally for the same. I have no hesitation to have him speak for me as he works in our district. Rarely in my years as superintendent have I seen a consultant integrate so well and be so committed to working side by side with staff through the night during this time of budget crisis." Dr. Terry Grier - Superintendent of Houston Independent School District and Former Superintendent of San Diego Unified School District.
Drawing on his unique background and experiences, Phil has also developed a program to train outside groups who desire to better understand public school district culture and decision making. This is especially valuable for vendors, sales teams, or stakeholder groups who provide services or products to school districts. Districts are very complex systems wherein decision-making is complicated and occurs at many levels. Moving from vendor to partner is very important in school district sales. Phil is available to bring his training to your company or group for a full-day. He guarantees that your sales or operational team will leave with a better understanding of school districts and with wise counsel on how to successfully market and sell services to districts. Phil has already provided this training to organizations as diverse as Marriott, ServiceMaster, Aramark, and the U.S. Navy (ESS and recruitment personnel).
Religious Studies Speaking
Phil has a wealth of study and experience in the discussion of religion, especially that of the nature of religion and conflict (see his latest blog on the website blog page), the integration of religion and psychology, and the history of religion in Mexico. He has written and spoken extensively on these subjects, most recently at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. Phil is a member of many historical societies and is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, an affiliate of the American Historical Association, focusing on study and research in these areas. He is available to lecture to academic or community groups on these subjects. Having served as a pastor and having taught homiletics, Phil is a gifted public speaker for either the lay, religious, academic, or community level.