Board Concludes Search for Superintendent; Stewart Selected to Continue Work

August 29, 2000

West Virginia Board of Education President J. D. Morris announced today that the Board has concluded its search for a State Superintendent of Schools which began last September and has named Dr. David Stewart the permanent superintendent.  

“The Board has wisely determined that Dr. David Stewart, who accepted the position as State Superintendent of Schools on March 9, is the best choice to continue leading West Virginia’s schools,” Morris explained. “Board members recognize that during his five months on the job, Dr. Stewart has improved staff morale and earned the respect of educators and citizens throughout the Mountain State. Although the Board selected Dr. Stewart to serve as Superintendent while it continued its national search, it soon became evident that we had selected an outstanding leader,” he noted.  

“We appreciate the commendable job he’s done in a very short period and look forward to continuing our work with him,” Morris continued. “We have concluded our search because he has proven that he can do the job exceptionally well and is the best candidate for the position.”  

Dr. Stewart accepted the position as State Superintendent of Schools following the resignation of Dr. Henry Marockie on March 9.  

Prior to being named to the post, Dr. Stewart was an assistant state superintendent, overseeing department administrative services.  

He worked as an administrative assistant with the West Virginia Department of Education from 1993-95 and served Kanawha County Schools as both an assistant and county superintendent.  

“I’m extremely proud to have been selected to lead West Virginia’s schools,” Dr. Stewart explained. “I realize that I can’t do it alone. In order for West Virginia education to continue its improvement, everyone -- from Department of Education staff and the State Board to teachers and parents in each community throughout the Mountain State -- must strive to provide every child with a quality education. That’s my goal and that should be the goal of every citizen in the state. Our state’s economic future depends on our ability to prepare students to become productive members of tomorrow’s workforce.”  

Morris said that the Board hired Isaacson, Miller Consulting of Boston last September to assist in securing candidates to lead the state schools. Although the search ultimately ended with the Board selecting an in-house candidate, the State Board President believes the search was a valuable effort.  

“We’re extremely satisfied with our selection,” Morris continued. “Dr. Stewart is well-respected throughout the state as an effective, experienced leader who puts the interests of children first in every decision.”

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