Interim Schools Superintendent Is A Familiar Face

Dr. David Abbey — an experienced and popular administrator in Westport, who subsequently moved on to positions as principal and superintendent in nearby towns — is returning here.

Tonight, he was named Westport’s interim superintendent of schools.

The Board of Education announced the appointment. It is effective Wednesday (May 8). He will serve until a permanent superintendent is found — “presumably for the 2020-2021 school year,” the board said.

Dr. David Abbey

In Westport, Dr. Abbey served as coordinator of the Westport Regional Center and department of special education at Staples High School.

He then moved to New Canaan in a variety of roles, including director of pupil personnel services, principal of New Canaan High School, and superintendent of schools.

He has also served as interim director of human resources for both the Newtown and Wilton Public Schools.

“It is gratifying to find someone of Dr. Abbey’s caliber to lead our schools through this transition period. The fact that he has experience in the Westport Public Schools adds to Dr. Abbey’s ability to quickly and effectively engage with our Westport community,” said Mark Mathias, Westport Board of Ed chair.

Dr. Abbey added, “I would like to thank the Board of Education for appointing me as interim superintendent of schools. The Westport Public Schools is an outstanding district — and has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation as a lighthouse district, supported by a highly engaged community and benefiting from an excellent group of teachers, administrators and staff. For me, working in Westport is a homecoming of sorts.”

Dr. Abbey replaces Colleen Palmer, who served for 3 years. She is on medical leave through July.

4 responses to “Interim Schools Superintendent Is A Familiar Face

  1. Liz Blasko

    I worked with Dr Abbey for many years in New Canaan. He is an exceptional leader who is able to bring all stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, community members and kids) into the conversation. He is intelligent, insightful and compassionate. Moreover, he is a person of great integrity who also has a wonderful sense of humor! Perhaps most important for Westport at this time is that Dr, Abbey is a problem solver and a healer. I congratulate the Board of Education for this appointment and thank Dr. Abbey for taking on this responsibility. Liz Blasko

  2. Jim Honeycutt

    This is wonderful news for Westport. David Abbey is extremely capable and so highly regarded. If anyone can help the Town navigate the problems it currently faces he would be my first choice.

  3. Worked with the good Doctor his entire tenure as principal of New Cannan High and when he was the the superintendent. To put it mildly thenTown of Westport has just received the greatest educational gift it could ever have dreamed of. Enjoy Westport…. it rarely comes along.

  4. B. Franklin

    In my humble opinion, Jim Honeycutt’s endorsesement of Dr. Abbey is meaningful and insightful. Welcome Dr. Abbey.