Dr. Matthew Landahl Will Be the Next Superintendent of Beacon City School District


The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Landahl, has accepted a Superintendent position at the Beacon City School District. Beacon, New York is located 65 miles north of New York City, and the school district is composed of 2900 students in four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. 

Dr. Landahl will take over in Beacon for the 2017-18 school year, which starts July 1, 2017. Dr. Landahl began his employment in Ithaca City School District, as Chief Elementary Schools Officer in 2013. He has also served as Chief Academic Officer in Ithaca.

“I thank the Board of Education and Dr. Brown for the opportunity to serve in multiple roles in the Ithaca City School District. I am excited to begin the next phase of my professional life as my family and I transition to the role of Superintendent in Beacon” said Dr. Landahl.

Dr. Landahl received his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and began his teaching profession in Baltimore City Public Schools through the Teach For America organization. After teaching in Baltimore for 5 years, Dr. Landahl became an administrator in Charlottesville, Virginia while he pursued his graduate studies at the University of Virginia in Education Administration and Supervision. After serving as an Assistant Principal for three years at the elementary and middle levels, Landahl served as an elementary principal at two different schools for a total of eleven years. As Principal, Landahl received many awards and recognitions including the University of Virginia Curry School of Education Distinguished Alumni award for “Outstanding Principal” in 2011. Landahl earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia in 2012.

ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown stated, “I’ve been fortunate to learn with Dr. Landahl for nearly two decades. He is an exceptional public educator who has been successful in multiple administrative positions. The Beacon City School community is very fortunate to have recruited him to be their learning leader.”

ICSD Board of Education Vice President, Sean Eversley Bradwell said, “This is truly a case where Ithaca’s loss is Beacon’s gain. Simply put, Dr. Landahl is an outstanding educational leader and active learner. Congratulations to both the Landahl family and the Beacon community.”