Dr. Vance Vaughn has officially taken over as interim superintendent of Athens Independent School District while the board of trustees searches for a replacement for Dr. Fred Hayes.
Hayes left the district for the superintendent position at Nacogdoches Independent School District after being with AISD since 2006.
Vaughn was named as interim superintendent in 2006, before the board hired Hayes to replace Curtis Rhodes. Vaughn is currently employed with University of Texas, Tyler as a professor.
“We have been working diligently to try and find a superintendent.” Vaughn said. “We have collected a lot of applications and resumes so far,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn said that his objective is to help AISD with the running of the district, and help in the superintendent search. He will then continue his work at UT, Tyler. He has no plans at this time of taking over as superintendent. He previously held the position as superintendent at Kerens Independent School District.
The district is advertising the superintendent’s job on many outside websites, and Vaughn says he is confident that these postings will help in finding the right person for the job.
“The board is looking for someone with a Master’s degree or higher, not necessarily a doctorate, someone who has at least three years of superintendent experience, someone who has campus-level administration experience, someone willing to live in the district with their spouse and family, and someone who can build strong school board/superintendent relationships,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn also said they are looking for someone who can build a good relationship with the community, and knows how to manage the bond.
“We need someone who can go in-depth into school financial areas during the crucial budget cut,” Vaughn said.
There is no deadline at this time for the hiring of the new superintendent, Vaughn said the board will search as long as they need to.
“If it takes five or six months, I can stay that long to help them get the job done, but I don’t think it will take that long, due to the strong interest in the position that we have already seen,” Vaughn said.
No one from within the district has applied for the job at this time, and Vaughn doesn’t believe that it will be filled internally.
Vaughn said that they have received about 16 applications at this time, and he is positive that they will be able to meet all of the criteria that the board has set.