Basan Nembirkow has been named acting Superintendent of Southbridge schools.
Nembirkow has been an educator for more than 35 years. He previously headed the 7,500-student Chicopee Public Schools.
From 1996 to 2002, Nembirkow served as Superintendent of Schools in Greenfield, Mass. and was Assistant Superintendent in the 30,000-student Durham, NC School District from 1993 to 1996. He has also held a number of interesting educational posts around the world, among them a 12-year stint at the United Nations International School and an educational consulting post with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Social Studies from Rowan University and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Education from Rutgers University.