Henry BOE names Timothy Gadson as sole finalist for superintendent

Timothy Gadson III

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Education named Timothy Gadson III as its sole finalist for superintendent during a special called meeting Tuesday.

The vote was 4-1 with Josh Hinton opposing the decision.

Hinton said prior to the vote that hiring a superintendent is the “single most important job” a board member does.

“It is with much deep thought and many lost hours of sleep I will be voting against this,” Hinton said.

Gadson has held the position of executive director of curriculum and schools for Robbinsdale Area Schools in Minnesota since July 2016. He previously served as an associate superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools from July 2014 to June 2016.

Hinton cited several reasons for his opposition, including job instability.

“He’s highly educated,” Hinton said. “However, coming from a business background, one of the first things I do is look at a resume and time spent in positions. In my opinion his does not show stability.”

Before Gadson’s stint in Atlanta, he served as director of high school operation in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District from October 2012-June 2014.

From August 2010 to October 2012, Gadson was chief transformation officer at Cambium Learning Group and NAEP in Florida. He served as district directory of secondary curriculum, principal and assistant principal for the Palm Beach County School District from July 2006 to August 2010. He was also a principal in Broward County Public Schools from July 2003-2006.

Since January of this year, Gadson has been name a finalist for superintendent in three other school districts.

In January he was name a finalist for superintendent for Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tenn. He was named one of 14 finalists for superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee in April. Most recently, in June, Gadson was named one of five superintendent finalists for Birmingham City Schools in Alabama. However, he removed himself from consideration.

Board Chair Pam Nutt said the board used Georgia School Boards Association to perform a nationwide search. She said 37 candidates applied for the position and that Gadson stood out.

“He has experience and great knowledge of personalized learning and 1:1 technology,” Nutt said. “We’re excited to work with him.”

Nutt added that she was pleased with how Gadson wants to “work as a team with people and not on top of them.”

Sometime next month, the board will take a final vote to make Gadson superintendent. If chosen, Gadson will be the district’s 15th superintendent.

Superintendent Rodney Bowler announced earlier this year his intention to retire in September after three years in the position.

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Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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