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Dr. Anthony J. Bent

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Staff Associate, Executive Search...

Phone: (508) ***-****  HQ Phone
New England School Development Council
28 Lord Road
Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752
United States

Company Description: NESDEC is a regional, comprehensive, educational organization. We work with school districts in the six New England states primarily in the areas of professional...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Ed.D.
  • Doctoral degree
    Boston College
  • Bachelor
    Boston College
  • Master
    Boston College
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NESDEC HOME
wwww.nesdec.org, 22 Jan 2015 [cached]
Anthony J. Bent, Ed.D. Staff Associate, Executive Searching, Planning
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Anthony J. Bent, Ed.D. Staff Associate, Executive Search Program, Planning Services Dr. Anthony Bent received his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree from Boston College. He served as a Superintendent of Schools for the Shrewsbury School District for 15 years and, recently, as an Interim Superintendent for two school districts in Massachusetts. He has held several administrative positions in public schools, including Director of Curriculum and Instruction (K-12). While serving as a superintendent, Dr. Bent oversaw four new school facility projects. Dr. Bent is also active in the coaching of area superintendents for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.
G-D School Committee | The Groton Line
www.thegrotonline.com, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
According to Frey, interim Superintendent Tony Bent will serve as "an outside adviser not directly involved" with the search.
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Bent, who has been very active as a member of the state's association of superintendents through much of his career, will not take an active role in any of the interviews, private or public. The School Committee is expected, however, to draw on his expertise in working for NESDEC as well as his background in human resources, which are a few of many reasons he was chosen for the interim post.
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In interviews with Superintendent Anthony Bent earlier this year, and in Clery's presentation, a new district goal was stressed, the need to comply with updated standards that mandate: "To cut our stat's proficiency gaps in half by 2017 (thus reducing by half the proportion of students who are not college and career ready)."
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Both School Committee Chair Alison Manugian, and Groton-Dunstable Education Association President Carolyn Scafidi, spoke positively about Anthony Bent, the Interim Superintendent.
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Dr. Bent introduced Kerry Clery, the new Director of Teaching, Learning, and Accountability who spoke to the changes driven by the new Educator Evaluations and the Common Core State Standards.
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Tony Bent's Looking Forward To The First Day Of School At Groton-Dunstable
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Tony Bent is looking forward to his real first day of school. Maybe not as much as some of the kids in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, because he's had a lot of "First Days," but a goodly amount.
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Talking with Bent, you get the feeling that when he was teaching, he was one of those rare teachers that could convince students that learning how to learn was lots of fun. Also, that he was one of the equally rare teachers who could be writing on the chalkboard and see who was spit-balling or passing notes in the back rows because he has eyes in the back of his head.
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Bent seems really eager for that aliveness to fill the schools and his office with a shot of energy.
Because Bent has become a specialist at serving as an interim superintendent and can function somewhat as a consultant, he has to live with both the good and bad that brings - while he can start balls rolling, he won't be around to see the end results of his administrative ball games.
"It's also a wonderful thing because I don't have to think in terms of five-years segments. So it's a wonderful opportunity and I've enjoyed it so much in two previous locations that I'm doing it again, this third time," he said. As he talks about his missions at Groton-Dunstable, he gets enthusiastic and animated, talking with his hands.
Bent began his career as a language teacher. Then became a human resources administrator, and finally segued into being a superintendent. His HR background plays into one of the changes he want to make at Groton-Dunstable, in the hiring process. Since July, he's been personally involved, talking with about 15 new hires for the system. But that's just the start.
"I have my strongest passion around the value and preeminence of the human resource, the human capital function in the organization," he said.
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Over the summer, Bent and the district staff in the schools have been working to plan and implement two large district-wide programs.
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Bent hopes the next person stays for a while.
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Even with those goals and changes on his "To Do" list, Bent said, he doesn't forecast any huge changes in the district.
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I said: 'Mike, where's the supervision?' and he said: 'You know, Tony, that's the way these kids are.
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With only a couple months on the job, Bent was still probing for facts and looking at options. But some deferred items from previous years' budgets are increasing in importance and need attention.
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School Committee Chooses Anthony Bent for Interim Superintendent Post
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Anthony Bent
Thursday morning, the G-DRSD School Committee voted unanimously to offer the district's interim superintendent job to Anthony Bent, former superintendent in the Shrewsbury and Leominster School Districts. Bent is also a consultant to the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) and serves as a coach for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, helping superintendents who are new to that role.
Search committees rarely agree on a candidate in the first round of deliberations, and the unanimity is especially notable because the field of candidates is so well-qualified. That Bent stood out in such an elite crowd is a testament to his qualifications and the personal strengths on display during his time his time before the Committee and during his site visit. Positive feedback from teachers and staff who met Bent during his visit also contributed to his quick selection for the post. Calling the choice "a slam dunk," outgoing Committee member Erick Dichter observed, that in addition to his professional experience Bent showed a marked ability to put his own points across while always giving a "direct, specific answer" to every question posed by the Committee.
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Chairman Jim Frey added that Bent has "steeped himself in best practices," and that, paired with his NESDEC experience, makes him an ideal choice to help the District find the right person to hole the permanent position.
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On the first round, Bent got all ones. The decision on a runner up was not as clear, as Committee members had markedly different choices beyond their first.
Chairman Jim Frey added that Bent has "steeped himself in best practices,"
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Anthony Bent, who has served as both a long-term and an interim superintendent, offered a more diverse skill set, including experience as curriculum director and as a coach for superintendents for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. He is currently employed at the educational executive search firm NESDEC (a firm used by G-DRSD in previous searches) which would make him valuable as the District embarks on its search for a permanent superintendent. Bent said that the interim superintendent "should do a lot of listening to settle any turbulence that might be there with the exit of a superintendent."
When asked what his priorities might be, he immediately identified three: settle any outstanding teacher contract issues; address the educator evaluation initiative and the communication and culture shift that may go with that process; and assist the incoming curriculum coordinator in settling into that role. Energetic and precise, Bent got a strong endorsement from a former Education Advisor to Governor Deval Patrick, Michele Norman, who said Bent "did some amazing things in Shrewsbury and is very well-respected voice among his peers and policy makers, too." Energetic and precise, Bent got a strong endorsement from a former Education Advisor to Governor Deval Patrick, Michele Norman, who said Bent "did some amazing things in Shrewsbury and is very well-respected voice among his peers and policy makers, too."
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Public interviews will take place in the G-DRSD High School library beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Malcolm Reid, followed by Paul Livingston (5:00 p.m.), Mary Athey Jennings (6:00 p.m.), George Frost (7:00 p.m.), and Anthony Bent (8:00 p.m.). As noted on The Groton Line Wednesday, the interviews themselves are public but the Committee members will be the only ones asking questions.
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Asked for comment last week, School Committee member Leslie Lathrop described the four-person short list as "very strong," and some quick research revealed that all of the candidates have considerable superintendent experience: Anthony Bent (Shrewsbury), George Frost (Acton, Ayer), Paul Livingston (Littleton), and Malcolm Reid (Boxborough, Ayer).
American Association of School Administrators - Publications - My Superintendent Cohort Asks: ‘What Is Going on Here?’
www.aasa.org, 27 June 2009 [cached]
Anthony Bent: ‘What is going on here?’ American Association of School Administrators - Publications - My Superintendent Cohort Asks: ‘What Is Going on Here?’
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He was wrestling with a matter of inappropriate behavior by a teacher in his district that had spilled over to critical public questioning about the timeliness of the superintendent's response in dealing with the accusations.
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Anthony Bent is superintendent in Shrewsbury, Mass., and president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. E-mail: abent@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
Groton-Dunstable Superintendent ...
www.thegrotonline.com, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
Groton-Dunstable Superintendent Tony Bent was proud of the high school's achievement. He said, "Increasing the number of student taking advanced placement courses and tests, and maintaining or improving upon scores, is not small achievement.
Selectmen | The Groton Line
www.thegrotonline.com, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
According to Frey, interim Superintendent Tony Bent will serve as "an outside adviser not directly involved" with the search.
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Bent, who has been very active as a member of the state's association of superintendents through much of his career, will not take an active role in any of the interviews, private or public. The School Committee is expected, however, to draw on his expertise in working for NESDEC as well as his background in human resources, which are a few of many reasons he was chosen for the interim post.
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