Hoover Board of Education announces finalists for Superintendent

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE: Hoover Schools voted 5-0 to name Dr. Kathy Murphy of Monroe County Schools as the next Superintendent of Hoover City Schools. Murphy has accepted the position.

ORIGINAL: The Alabama Association of School Boards has announced the four finalists for Hoover Superintendent during the Hoover School Board meeting Tuesday. A national search was conducted to find the final four candidates. A total of 39 candidates expressed interest in the superintendent position, with 31 of those completing the application process. Fifteen states were represented among the 31 applicants.

Dr. Charles L. Ledbetter is currently superintended of Dublin City Schools in Dublin, Georgia. He began as a teacher and coach at Sparta Academy in Alabama. Following that he has been an athletic director, teacher and coach for Walker County and Tallapoosa County Schools, Assistant Superintendent and Middle School and High School Principle for Tallapoosa County Schools, and finally Superintendent of Dublin County Schools. Ledbetter has a bachelor’s degree in history from Auburn University, a master’s of education from Auburn University Montgomery with a specialization in social studies, a certificate of completion of the U.A. Superintendents Academy from The University of Alabama, and a doctorate of education from Auburn University.

Dr. Chris J. Marczak is currently Assistant Superintendent of Oak Ridge City Schools in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Marczak began as an elementary school teacher for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson County Schools in Tennessee. From there he was Assistant Principal and finally Principal and Network Lead Principal for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools before taking his current position. Marczak has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Austin Peay State University, a master’s in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a doctorate in educational leadership form Trevecca Nazarene University.

Dr. Kathy J. Murphy is currently Superintendent of Monroe County Board of Education in Alabama. Murphy’s first job was as a physical education teacher at Auburn Junior High School in Auburn, Alabama. She’s served as an Assistant Professor at Judson College in Alabama and West Georgia College, Principal of Greenville Middle School and High School, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for Butler County Board of Education in Alabama, and finally Principal at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama before taking her current position. Murphy has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and dance from Troy University, a master’s degree in physical education, educational leadership and curriculum development from Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery, a doctorate in physical education and program administration from AU, and finally is an educational specialist in educational leadership from AUM.

Dr. Paul V. Wilson is currently Superintendent of Hartselle City Schools in Alabama. Wilson began as a teacher for Shelby County and Homewood City Schools, then served as Assistant Principal for Homewood City and Mountain Brook Schools and finally Principal of Homewood High School and Mountain Brook Schools before taking his current positon. Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in English and History education from The University of Alabama, a master’s degree in educational administration from Samford University, a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Samford University, and finally is an education specialist in educational leadership from the University of Montevallo.

Dr. John Barge has withdrawn from the race as of Thursday. He has accepted a position in Georgia,and the Hoover Board will continue the search process with the four remaining candidates.

Hoover has the state’s 10th largest school system, with 17 schools and 14,000 students. Interviews for the four finalists will be announced later this week.

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