Tricia Noyola has been named the new chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Prep, a Denver charter network that oversees more than 1,800 students across the metro.
At the end of February, RMP's Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer the Texas native the position after RMP's leadership, principals, parent leaders, faculty and staff conducted interviews and a school tour earlier that month.
"[Noyola's] past experiences and successes position her well to build upon the strong foundation created by our founding CEO, James Cryan," said board chair Charlotte Brantley. "We look forward to working with her as we embark on the next chapters of RMP and its bright future."
Prior to joining RMP, Noyola served as a teacher, principal and most recently was the executive director for IDEA Austin, a system of public charter schools.
Throughout her tenure at IDEA Austin, the district, which primarily serves low-income students, became the highest-performing public school district within the Austin area.
RMP is made up of four separate schools: Berkley, Creekside, Fletcher and Southwest. It primarily serves underserved children, and 81% of students during the 2019-2020 academic school year were considered "economically disadvantaged," according to the district's 2020 annual report.
Noyola will replace RMP's founding CEO James Cryan beginning in June, who is retiring. During the interview process it became clear to Noyola that Cryan created a foundation that puts students first and gives them a better opportunity for success.
"As I got to know James and the Rocky Mountain Prep team, I've been blown away by the commitment to do right by kids and provide an amazing environment where staff, students and families alike can unlock their fullest potential," Noyola said.
"I'm so excited to be at RMP because I know we make a commitment to the whole child. RMP lives its values of Rigor and Love because it's so clear that while academic success is key, our kids need more than just strong academic skills to live choice-filled, liberated lives."
Following Cryan's retirement announcement prior to the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year, RMP's board of directors hired Promise54, a search firm known for diversity, equity and inclusion, to conduct a nationwide search for his successor.
During their search, Promise54 screened nine applicants, interviewed seven candidates and advanced three to the semifinal round. Following additional interviews, the search committee unanimously identified Noyola as the person for the job.
"I am thrilled to have Tricia join and lead the RMP team as our organization enters its next chapter," Cryan said.