Huntsville Board of Education Selects New Superintendent
The Huntsville Board of Education has selected Dr. Matt Akin for the Superintendent’s Position with Huntsville City Schools, following a special called meeting on January 30, 2017. The board narrowed the list of five finalists down to just two candidates, and after much discussion, the board voted 3-2 to offer Dr. Akin the position of superintendent. The board will now begin working on the details of a contract, with the goal of having the new superintendent in place before March 15, 2017.
Dr. Akin has served as the Superintendent of Piedmont City Schools in Alabama since 2003, and had also worked in the district as a principal and the coordinator of administrative services. He started his career in education with the Anniston City School District, another Alabama school system, in 1991 as a computer science and math teacher, later becoming the district’s technology coordinator and director of student services. Akin has a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University, a Master of Arts degree in Administration Certification, and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics. Dr. Akin is currently a Vice Chairman of Alabama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Committee, established by Governor Robert Bentley.
Dr. Matt Akin applied for this position “because I believe in the potential of Huntsville and I recognize the foundations in place to support greatness.” He stated that he is committed to working with the board and staff as a team, and is convinced that with the support of the teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders, “we can lead Huntsville City Schools to become the model school system for the country.” Akin is convinced that the rubber meets the road in classrooms with teachers and their students, and that the level of instruction in the classroom tells the story of success of any school system. “If I can help guide the district to having the best classroom instruction, then we’re going to have the best school district.”
In October 2016, the Huntsville City Board of Education enlisted the services of the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) to help in the process of finding a new superintendent for the district. The AASB presented the five candidate finalists on January 5, 2017, and the Huntsville Board of Education conducted interviews with each of the finalists from January 17–23, with the meeting on January 30th concluding the process.