Michael Cowan named superintendent

Michael Cowan will begin his new duties July 1. Debra Duvall, who has served as superintendent since 2000, will retire June 30.


The Governing Board appointed Michael Cowan to replace Debra Duvall as superintendent when she retires.





The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board announced the appointment at its Feb. 24 board meeting.

Dr. Cowan joined the district in 1988 and served as a classroom teacher for six years at Porter, Lehi and Irving elementary schools. He was the district science specialist for three years before being promoted to director of science, social studies and world languages. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Cowan served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. In 2004, he was named associate superintendent.

Dr. Cowan and his wife live in Mesa with their four sons, all of whom have attended Mesa Public Schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. His master’s and doctoral degrees are from Arizona State University.  

Dr. Duvall announced her retirement in October. She has served as superintendent since 2000 and, before that, was associate superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and assistant superintendent for elementary schools.


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