Fourlis will fill the position that was left vacant when the Mesa Public Schools governing board voted Dec. 2 to approve Ember Conley's resignation as superintendent of the district.
Fourlis came to Mesa Public Schools in July 2017 as the assistant superintendent overseeing teaching and learning. In July 2019, she became the district's deputy superintendent. Before beginning work in the district, Fourlis was the chief learning officer at the Arizona Science Center, and before that she worked in various roles in the Scottsdale Unified School District for 19 years. Fourlis has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a focus on English as a Second Language from Arizona State University, a master's degree from Northern Arizona University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from ASU. She is a native of Arizona who began her schooling at Lowell Elementary in Mesa.
"Dr. Fourlis' exemplary work ethic, growth mindset, and unwavering commitment to students, staff and family will serve the district well," board President Elaine Miner said in a news release. "She will build upon the great things happening in our district. We know she will lead with passion, purpose and transparency."
Fourlis said in a statement she was honored and humbled to have been selected by the board.
"Mesa Public Schools is a student-centered, future-focused district," Fourlis said. "We will continue to harness the traditions and successes of the past to lead us into a bright future. I believe in each of us; and I believe in all of us — together."
Pending contract negotiations, Fourlis will assume her duties as superintendent July 1.