Timothy Terranova, a Webster resident and West Irondequoit administrator, starts in February 2020

VICTOR — The Victor Central School District will have a new leader in the new year.

Timothy Terranova was appointed superintendent Dec. 12. His appointment is effective Feb. 13, 2020.

Terranova replaces interim Superintendent Dennis Ford, who has been filling the post since July, following the retirement of Dawn Santiago-Marullo.

Terranova said in a prepared statement that he is thrilled to become a part of the Victor community.

“Victor's long-standing reputation for excellence and commitment to all children reaching their full potential is what makes it such a unique school district,” Terranova said. “I look forward to meeting the students, staff and community members in the next few weeks to learn even more about what makes Victor such a special place. I couldn't be happier to join the Victor family.”

Terranova and wife, Suellen, and their two children, Annabelle and Giovanni, live in Webster.

Terranova comes to Victor with more than 25 years of experience in education, including more than 20 years in administrative leadership positions. For the past five years, he has served as deputy superintendent of schools for the West Irondequoit School District. During his tenure as deputy superintendent, West Irondequoit has repeatedly earned Five-Star status from Buffalo Business First and was seventh out of 67 in the publication’s rankings of area districts. In addition, six of its eight elementary schools ranked in the top 20 among 162 Rochester-area elementary schools in 2019, including Briarwood, which was rated first overall.

Victor officials point out other highlights that include a 94 percent graduation rate for Irondequoit High School in 2019 and 80 percent graduation rate for students with disabilities. Prior to his deputy superintendent post, Terranova was assistant superintendent of finance and personnel and the director of personnel for three years for the school district.

Before joining the administrative ranks at West Irondequoit, Terranova was principal at Dake Junior High School, and from 1998 to 2001 he was assistant principal at Irondequoit High School. From 1993 to 1997, Terranova taught at both the elementary and high school level. He also served as elementary curriculum supervisor for the district from 1997 to 1998. He also taught and coached in the West Irondequoit, Brighton and Pittsford school districts.