Goal of HYA and district is to have a superintendent in place by July 1

Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates will assist with search for superintendent
Posted on 10/24/2018
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Board of Education selects Illinois-based firm
to coordinate search for superintendent

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education today voted unanimously to select one of the nation’s largest educational executive search firms to coordinate the process of selecting a permanent superintendent for the school district.

Illinois-based Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates will supervise a months-long effort that will include:

  • Collecting broad-based input from Board members, parents, students, educators, community and business leaders, and other key stakeholders about the personal and professional characteristics that candidates for the job should possess.
  • Conducting a nationwide advertising campaign designed to attract top candidates.
  • Identifying and presenting those highly qualified candidates to the Board.
  • Coordinating a series of candidate interviews designed to identify semi-finalists and eventually finalists.
  • Providing in-depth background checks for all candidates selected as finalists.

The Board of Education’s goal is to announce its selection in April 2019 and have the new superintendent begin work on July 1 to replace Interim Superintendent Herb Berg, who was hired to lead the district during the search process.

“One of my top priorities from Day One has been to help guide the Board and this community in searching for and selecting the best possible person to lead the l district,” Berg said.  “HYA understands that the Board wants to attract a diverse and highly qualified group of candidates, and we will work with them to accomplish that goal.”

A seven-member Board of Education committee supervised the vetting process for prospective search firms and ultimately recommended HYA.  The Board of Education unanimously approved the selection tonight.

HYA says it has conducted more than 1,200 searches for school systems over the firm’s 31-year history. 

“The first step for us in Beaufort County will be to develop an understanding of the community and its priorities, and that process will begin next month,” said HYA Vice President Bill Adams.  “Board members have made it clear that they want the selection process to be transparent, and they also want the public to have a significant role.”

HYA representatives will coordinate surveys of Beaufort County residents and also a series of town hall meetings and focus groups designed to give participants a voice in selecting the district’s next superintendent.  HYA will incorporate community feedback into a Leadership Profile Report that will be presented to the Board of Education.  That report will summarize public opinion on the district’s strengths and challenges as well as the primary characteristics desired in the new superintendent.

The next step in the process will be a nationwide search to attract high-quality candidates that fit the leadership profile.  Following that advertising campaign, HYA will work to present a slate of candidates for consideration by the Board.  Semifinalists and eventually finalists will be interviewed by the Board, and once finalists are selected, parents and community members will be able to give feedback to Board members prior to a final selection.

As part of its contract with the school district, HYA will also coordinate an in-depth background review (by independent third-party investigators) of each finalist that will include the candidate’s academic credentials, personal credit reports, criminal and civil history, and a news and social media analysis that provides a better understanding of the candidate’s leadership style, public relations skills and priorities.