School Board Selects Firm for Superintendent Search

The Loudoun County School Board has selected the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates of Schaumburg, IL to lead the national search for the next superintendent. 

Eric Williams stepped down as superintendent Jan. 6 after taking a job leading a Houston, TX area school division. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Development Scott A. Ziegler was tapped to serve as the interim superintendent.

The process of selecting a replacement is expected to gear up in February, with community focus groups designed to gain input on the desired qualities of the superintendent before building a list of candidates for the board to consider.

The focus groups, to be conducted virtually, will include staff members, parents, students, elected officials, business leaders, and community members. Also planned is an online survey that will be available to the public through the division’s website.

“Hiring the right leader for Loudoun County Public Schools is the most critical responsibility of the School Board,” Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan said in the announcement of the contract. “The Board is confident that HYA has the experience and track record of success to identify and place a strong, long-term leader in charge of Loudoun County Public Schools. We are committed to working with HYA to ensure the opinions of all of our stakeholders are considered in choosing the district’s next leader.”

HYA is an executive search firm with a special focus on assisting with the hiring of superintendents, having contracted with more than 1,400 school boards across the country. 

6 thoughts on “School Board Selects Firm for Superintendent Search

  • 2021-01-20 at 3:03 pm

    How about we pick a random Loudoun teacher out of a hat. 50 bucks says they’d do a better job than whatever bloated bureaucrat this hack headhunter firm will scrape up.

    When ever any entity tells you they doing a “national search,” it’s a racket.

  • 2021-01-20 at 6:02 pm

    A complete joke. Nobody will want to come to this clown show. Why do you think even the newly hired Public Information Officer Rob Doolittle left? Anybody that is half decent (see Cynthia Ambrose) leaves within 2 years.

    We should get a Supt who is honest and transparent. But that is anathema to the LCSB. They will hire someone complicit in their criminal cartel. The question is whether they will tell them advance all the crooked shenanigans they have going on first.

    The best solution is to BEG Michelle Rhee to be Supt and clean house. Pay her $10M/year. It will be well worth it.

  • 2021-01-20 at 6:22 pm

    With all due respect to Ms Sheridan and the search firm please include Dr. Hatrick in the interview process. He knows more (in my opinion) than all of you put together.

  • 2021-01-20 at 8:30 pm

    Can this school board accomplish anything on their own? Oh wait, they did adopt “National No Name Calling Day” or whatever it is called. That is really helpful. Seriously, what do these people actually do?

  • 2021-01-21 at 5:39 pm

    Readers would like to know HOW MUCH this search firm is being paid for a position that pays $306,000 plus benefits.

    This county needs a level headed, common sense individual. It’s not complicated.

    Attracting such a person, given the clown show documented in this paper, is another matter.

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