MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis-Shelby County School Board (MSCS) announced Tuesday a national firm will be leading the search for the district's next superintendent.
MSCS held its business meeting Tuesday following a series of schedule changes last week due to weather. The board voted to approve the search firm to help recruit the district’s next superintendent.
The following qualified firms submitted completed applications: Alma Advisory Group; GR Recruiting; Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates; and Ray and Associates. MSCS Board Chair Althea Greene, General Counsel Kenneth Walker, and newly appointed Chief of Human Resources Quintin Robinson reviewed the applications and recommended Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to the board for a vote.
“While all of the firms were impressive, the selected firm received the highest scores during our review based on their K-12 search experience, commitment to diversity and inclusion, cost and timeline,” said Althea Greene, MSCS Board Chair. “They also agreed to utilize the feedback we collected in December and January to help us identify the next leader of MSCS.”
The board unanimously approved Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates and expects to finalize their contract soon. Greene says they are hoping the search firm can begin the recruitment process toward the end of the month after receiving the research summary of the engagement meetings and survey feedback, which is expected to be shared on February 21.
Interim Superintendent Toni Williams took over the role in September after former Superintendent Joris Ray resigned in August amid a misconduct scandal.
Greene says community members can continue to follow updates on the search here.