Roy L. Williams
Hoover school board
Hoover school board president Donna Frazier, left, discusses the interview process for the five finalists for the Hoover City Schools superintendent.
The Hoover Board of Education between 5:30 and 7 tonight (Thursday, April 23) will interview the third of four finalists seeking the job as the next superintendent of Hoover City Schools.
The candidate, Dr. Paul “Vic” Wilson, is superintendent of Hartselle City Schools in Hartselle, Ala. Prior to taking that position in 2013, Wilson had served as principal of Mountain Brook High School and Homewood High School. You can watch Wilson’s interview via live-streaming at the following link: nfhsnetwork.com/events/hoover-high-school-hoover-al/cfe50672e1
The Hoover school board has already interviewed two other finalists this week, Dr. Chris J. Marczak, assistant superintendent of Oak Ridge City Schools in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Dr. Charles Ledbetter, superintendent of Dublin City Schools in Dublin, Ga.. An archived link to their interviews is on the Hoover City Schools website, hoovercityschools.net/.
The fourth and final candidate, Dr. Kathy Murphy, superintendent of Monroe County (Ala.) schools, will be interviewed on Monday, April 27. A fifth finalist, Dr. John D. Barge, former Georgia State Superintendent of Schools, called Hoover Board President Donna Frazier last week to withdraw from consideration after accepting another position in Georgia.
The national search for a replacement for former superintendent Andy Craig, who resigned in December to take a job with the Alabama Department of Education, was conducted by the Alabama Association of School Boards. You can watch Dr. Murphy’s interview live Monday, April 27 at
All interviews are open to the public and will be live-streamed/archived at the same URL to the Hoover City Schools’ website, www.hoovercityschools.net/. Each interview will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the school system central office, 2810 Metropolitan Way in Hoover. A small reception follows each finalists’ interview at 7:30 p.m.
Each of the four finalists will be asked the same set of 15 questions. After completing the interviews, Hoover school board members plan to between May 1 and May 22 check references, make site visits, and negotiate a contract with their top choice. Frazier said the board has set a goal of the new superintendent starting by the time the 2014-15 school year ends in late May.
Here is background on Wilson:
Dr. Paul “Vic” Wilson
Current Position: Superintendent, Hartselle City Schools, Alabama
· Education Doctorate, Samford University, Educational Leadership
· Education Specialist, University of Montevallo, Educational Leadership
· Master's, Samford University, Educational Administration
· Bachelor's, University of Alabama, English and History Education
Years in Education: 1995-present
About the candidate: Wilson has the strongest ties to the Hoover area, having spent 18 of his 20 years involved in education in Shelby and Jefferson counties. He has a bachelor’s in English and history education from the University of Alabama, a master’s in educational administration from Samford University and an education doctorate from Samford.
Wilson began his career in 1995 as a teacher in Shelby County schools, then spent four years as a teacher in Homewood City Schools before being promoted to assistant principal in the Homewood school system from 1999 to 2002. He was assistant principal at Mountain Brook High School from 2002 to 2006, then became principal at Homewood High from 2006 to 2008.
Wilson worked as principal at Mountain Brook High School from 2008 until 2013. He has led the 3,050-student Hartselle City Schools as superintendent since July 2013.
Here is a link to previous coverage of the four superintendent finalists: http://hooversun.com/news/hoover-school-board-to-interview422/