Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Three finalists for the district superintendency of Greenville County Schools were unanimously approved this afternoon by the Board of Trustees following a special-called meeting at the district office.

The three finalists are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Lynn P. Moody, superintendent, Rock Hill School District Three of York County, South Carolina; William Burke Royster Jr., deputy superintendent, Greenville County Schools, South Carolina; and Dr. Eugene G. White, superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana.

The finalists were selected after interviews with a slate of candidates recommended by a national search team, BWP & Associates, as those best fitting the leadership profile based on input from the community and employees.

Seventy-two individuals from across the nation applied for the position to replace Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher, who is retiring after more than seven years as superintendent.

“Selection of a district superintendent is a school board’s most important decision,” said Board chairman Roger Meek. “We have chosen three highly qualified candidates to be considered to be the next leader of our school district.”

The selection process continues with each of the finalists spending a day in the district during the week of March 19. Activities will include meetings with community leaders, the district’s executive team, and "Meet the Candidate" drop-ins hosted by the Board so that parents, students, employees, and other community members can meet each finalist.

Drop-ins to meet the finalists will be Tuesday, March 20 through Thursday, March 22, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m., at the J. Floyd Administrative Center (Central Office), 301 Camperdown Way, Greenville. One of the three finalists will be present each day.

The Board will conduct a second extensive interview with each of the finalists on the same dates beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Office. Each meeting will begin in open session with remarks by a finalist.

The Board will meet on Saturday, March 24 to discuss the finalists. A new superintendent is expected to be named shortly thereafter.

The next superintendent will be the tenth to lead Greenville County Schools since the school district was established in 1951, following Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher, Dr. William Harner, Dr. Rudolph G. Gordon, Dr. Timothy Jenney, Dr. Thomas E. Kerns, Dr. Roy Truby, Dr. Floyd Hall, Dr. M.T. Anderson, and Dr. W.F. Loggins.

Greenville County Schools is the state's largest and nation's 49th largest school district with approximately 70,000 students.

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