By Johnny Jackson
It is official. Dr. Ethan Hildreth will become the next superintendent of Henry County Schools.
The Henry County Board of Education approved the decision late Wednesday, 4-to-0. Board Member Brian Preston was not present for the vote.
"It has been a great privilege to work with Henry County Schools for the past twenty years, and I am thankful for this opportunity to continue serving our students and community," said Hildreth, who currently serves as Henry's assistant superintendent of administrative services.
"I look forward to working with the board of education, employees, parents, students, and community members as we strive to provide the best possible education for our students," he said. "With the help of all concerned, we can guide our students and school system to ever-greater success."
Hildreth will assume the office on Jan. 1, 2011, following the retirement of current superintendent, Michael Surma.
"I'm happy with the appointment," said Board Member Erik Charles. "I think it allows us to keep stability within the district, and make for a smoother transition, keeping up with what we're already doing and trying to accomplish."
Hildreth has served as assistant superintendent since January 2007. He has had experience, however, at the school level as principal at Eagle's Landing High School, assistant principal at Eagle's Landing High School and Pate's Creek Elementary School, and as a teacher at Eagle's Landing High School.
Hildreth earned his Bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy, his Master's degree from the University of Tennessee, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Georgia State University.
He and his wife of 20 years, Crystal, live in McDonough, where they are raising their five children, ages 6 to 18. They are also members of Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church.