Former CPS superintendent named President, CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center

Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 11:01 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Former Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell has been named the next president and CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center in Cincinnati.

Mitchell’s resignation from CPS was announced during a Monday night board of education meeting. Her last day as CPS superintendent is June 11.

It was “not an easy decision,” Mitchell said, after spending 27 years in the district.

Mitchell, 52, replaces current Beech Acres CEO Jim Mason, who is retiring after 42 years.

“I’m excited to embrace this new calling as President and CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center and build on the achievements of the past 42 years under Jim’s leadership,” Mitchell said. “I look forward to being a part of the effort to help more children, families, and caregivers unlock the power they already have to fully thrive during these challenging times.”

Mitchell has served on the Beech Acres Board of Directors since 2016, according to a news release.

Her first day will be June 15.

Beech Acres said Mitchell’s experience at CPS helping children gives her an understanding of what the parenting company needs.

“We are looking forward to the next chapter of Beech Acres,” said Jenny Franta, the board chair for Beech Acres. “Laura’s passion for children and families, business acumen in leading complex organizations, her combination of strategic thinking and inspirational executive leadership, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion make her the ideal candidate to lead Beech Acres.”

Mitchell’s first day at Beech Acres will be June 15.

As for CPS, the school board will name an interim superintendent by May 24, according to Board President Carolyn Jones.

Here is Mitchell’s letter of resignation to the CPS board:

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