Walla Walla Public Schools names new Technology Director
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith has identified Keith Ross as its new Director of Technology following an extensive search and selection process. Current Technology Director Sergio Razo has accepted a new position in the Seattle area in order to be closer to family.
Ross has more than 25 years of experience in Information Technology, including 13 years as a director. He is currently the Director of Technology Services for the Wahluke School District in Mattawa, WA. He also spent 10 years as a Director of Information Technology with Sound Publishing, Inc., the largest paper publishing company in Washington State.
Ross holds a Masters of Business Administration in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. He also holds numerous industry certifications from CISCO, Microsoft, CompTIA and CIW. Ross says the WWPS Technology team will focus on being progressive and forward-thinking, and quick to identify and eliminate any barrier that is in the way of our students receiving the equitable educational experience they deserve.
“My underlying departmental goal is always to provide that personal and respectful service to every one of our stakeholders,” said Ross. “The technology department and team have never been more critical to a school district than they are now. The growth of educational technology during the pandemic has changed how technology is and will be used in classrooms going forward.”
Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith says there were several qualified candidates in the pool, but Ross’ qualities and experiences catapulted him to the top of the field.
“Keith’s resume, commitment to customer-service and leadership qualities are impressive,” noted Dr. Smith. “His references spoke resoundingly to these strengths, making him the ideal fit to join our district and community as he assumes leadership of our innovative technology department.”
Ross is married to an educator and they have a 10-year-old son. He and his family lived on Whidbey Island for most of their lives. He enjoys sightseeing, biking, gardening, theater, sports events and golfing. Ross will begin his tenure with Walla Walla Public Schools July 1.