DARIEN — Elliott Landon, who served for 17 years as Superintendent of Schools in nearby Westport, has been named interim Superintendent replacing Dan Brenner.

Effective July 1, and contracted through June 30, 2019, Landon will helm Darien Public Schools. The decision was announced at Tuesday’s special meeting of the Board of Education, just three weeks after Brenner announced his intention to resign.

“Dr. Landon is a well-respected and renowned professional in the field of education,” Board of Education Chairman Tara Ochman said.

The details of Landon’s compensation package have not been released.

Landon served for 17 years in Westport, before stepping down in 2016. Prior to that, he served as superintendent in Long Beach, N.Y., Garden City, N.Y., and Ridgefield, for a combined 22 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, professional certification from Quinnipiac School of Law and master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.

“Dr. Landon’s commitment to children can be seen throughout his extensive career,” Ochman said.

Brenner’s resignation was made official at a special meeting on May 30.

“Just recently, I have been approached with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run a private school that is something that I could not overlook,” Brenner said in a statement to the board.

He later announced he would be working at the United Nations International School in Manhattan in the role of executive director.

“After much thought, I concluded that this position was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I could not pass up,” Brenner said.

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