Mason School Board Offers Superintendent Position to Novi School Administrator

MASON — The Mason Public Schools Board of Education has selected the person members hope to become the next superintendent.

At a meeting Wednesday, the board voted to offer the district superintendent position to Gary Kinzer. Kinzer is the assistant superintendent of human resources for Novi Community Schools, according to a message from board of education chairman Kurt Creamer.

Kinzer was chosen over Matthew Stuard, executive director of the Mason Public Schools program, and Kevin Dufresne, principal of Mason Public Schools Steele Elementary School.

Kinzer worked at Okemos for 24 years before taking up his current position at Novi.

In 1993, Kinzer began his teaching career as an English teacher at Imlay City High School, part of the Imlay City Community Schools. He moved to Okemos High School in 1994 to take up a position as Okemos High School English teacher, a role he held until 1999.

Kinzer served as the vice principal and athletic director of Kinawa Middle School from 1999 to 2006, before becoming principal of Hiawatha Elementary School from 2006 to 2017, when he left for Novi.

Kinzer’s wife, Marcy, worked for Mason Public Schools for over 14 years.

“I have a long streak of leadership experiences that I think qualified me to do this job,” Kinzer said in his first interview on May 24. “In all of these positions, I had the opportunity to do all kinds of things that prepared me to be an effective superintendent.”

Even with a career spanning nearly three decades, Kinzer doesn’t plan on retiring in the immediate future.

“Although I’ve had a long career, I have a long way to go,” Kinzer said. “I have a lot of energy. I’m far from the end of my career.”

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Martha K. Merrill