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About Interim Superintendent Cydney Vandercar

Cydney Vandercar is the interim superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, Oregon. Ms. Vandercar is the second woman to lead the district in its 166 years.

Cydney Vandercar is the interim superintendent of Eugene School District 4J for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 school years. Ms. Vandercar grew up in Lane County and has been an educator and leader in Eugene School District 4J for nearly 30 years. After starting out as a substitute teacher, she taught math for several years before becoming a school administrator. She most recently served as the district’s assistant superintendent for administrative services.

“Ms. Vandercar has a long history, deep knowledge, established relationships and unbounded caring for the Eugene School District and its students, staff and schools,” said school board chair Anne Marie Levis about the new superintendent, who was unanimously appointed by the 7-member school board.

“She was identified as the finalist among a number of qualified and experienced administrators. We are gratified that she is willing to take on this interim role for what will be a year full of opportunities and challenges as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis.”

“Our district will need an experienced leader with heart to guide this important work for our students and our community. The depth of her understanding of our district and her caring for our kids, educators, staff and community will be a stable force as we enter this year of change and opportunity.”

In her previous current role as assistant superintendent for administrative services, Ms. Vandercar oversaw finance, human resources, nutrition services and public safety. Her recent experience includes pandemic response leadership, bringing the district’s school meal program in-house, collective bargaining, and bond planning.

“I’m humbled to have been chosen to serve the district and our community in this capacity,” Cydney Vandercar said. “As we carry forward with distance learning, school construction, and other important work in the face of the statewide shutdown and the budget impacts it may have, I look forward to engaging with students, staff and community to problem solve our challenges and plan our next steps with creativity and care.”

“Teaching, learning and caring for students are the heart of our district’s work. I am confident we will work our way through these issues with hope and resilience, and with a constant focus on what is best for students. I am honored to lead that work.”

Ms. Vandercar is the district’s 24th superintendent and the second woman to serve in that role in the 166 years since the district was founded in 1854.