The Andover school board has voted unanimously to select Greg Rasmussen as the district’s next superintendent, officials announced.
Rasmussen, one of three finalists interviewed last week, is superintendent of schools in Middletown, Ohio, and a former assistant superintendent for elementary schools in Wichita. The board voted Monday night to hire him.
“We welcome Greg back to Kansas,” Roger Elliott, president of the Andover Board of Education, said in a statement released by a district spokeswoman Tuesday.
“Middletown (Ohio) City Schools leaders sang his praises many times over for the impact Greg has had on their school community,” Elliott said. “Likewise, the Andover school community looks forward to the Rasmussens’ return this summer to begin working together for the betterment of 5,500 deserving students.”
Rasmussen and his wife, Nancy, grew up in Kansas and lived in Andover for nine years. Their two children graduated from Andover Central High School in 2005 and 2009.
“Nancy and I have enjoyed our time in Ohio, but we are excited to return to a special place like Andover,” Rasmussen said in the district e-mail Tuesday.
“Andover is one of the top school districts in the state, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence.”
Rasmussen worked for nine years in the Wichita district, first as executive director of instructional technology, then as an assistant superintendent.
He applied for Wichita’s superintendent position in 2008 after former superintendent Winston Brooks moved to Albuquerque, but he was not a finalist.
He has been an educator since 1982, serving as an elementary classroom teacher, building principal and state and district-level administrator. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Bethany College and a master’s degree from Kansas State University.
Rasmussen will replace Mark Evans, who was named superintendent of Omaha Public Schools in December. Evans was a deputy superintendent in Wichita before becoming Andover superintendent in 2005.