Board approves Herman as next superintendent

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- The Board of Education voted 5-0 on May 6 to appoint Phil Herman as district superintendent effective Aug. 1.

Herman, the district's assistant superintendent, will take over for Steve Farnsworth, who announced earlier this year he will retire Aug. 1.

Board president Dave Zuro said Herman was the best candidate and best suited to be the next superintendent.

"We did our due diligence" in selecting Phil said Board member Steve Dimauro. "He has love for children , respect for the staff and is an educational leader."

No other candidates or applications in regards to the search for a new superintendent were mentioned by the board at the meeting.

Farnsworth also gave his future successor high praise.

"There is no better candidate for superintendent in this district than Phil Herman. He is absolutely the right person at the right time to become superintendent," he said. "He is absurdly awesome, and I'm glad this is on the agenda tonight."

Board member Patricia Engleman said the Board took this decision very seriously and added Herman has essentially been in training for this job for eight years.

Previously, Herman was a principal at Jackson Elementary, part of Lakewood Local Schools in Hebron from 1999-2002. He then was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2002, then in 2003 was promoted again to superintendent from 2003 to 2005.

He has been in his current role at Hudson Local Schools since 2005.

"I will do everything in my power to be a capable leader," Herman said. "I'm certainly honored and humbled by your confidence."

Herman thanked his wife, Lisa, for being his best friend and standing by his side. He also thanked his kids for being " my inspiration everyday."

The three-year contract was approved to run from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2016 and is "contingent on verification that he has met all of the requirements for employment as a superintendent in the school district," according to the Board. The final contract numbers have yet to be approved.

Herman is a 1995 Ohio University graduate, with a bachelor's in secondary education and earned his master's degree at Ashland University in 1999. He resides in Stow.

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