The Philadelphia School Board has selected Lisa Hull to be its new district superintendent.
Hull has been the Federal Projects Coordinator for the Lauderdale County School District since 1998.
In a news release from the Philadelphia Separate School District, Hull has completed all coursework for the Ph.D in educational leadership from Mississippi State University and holds an educational specialist's degree from Mississippi State. She also has a bachelor's and master's degree from the Mississippi University for Women.
"Our decision was based on Mrs. Hull's experience and accomplishments as a strong district administrator and successful classroom teacher as well as her focus on school safety, student achievement, and support for extracurricular activity," said board president, Harold Coburn, Jr. "She demonstrated her understanding of the challenges facing all school districts today, particularly as they take on the challenges of meeting new academic standards."
Coburn said the board employed a search firm and reviewed 13 potential applicants. This field was narrowed to six finalists for in-depth interviews, with three chosen as finalists.
"The finalists were also interviewed by representatives of the district staff, parents, and members of the civic and business community," said Coburn. "We undertook extensive reference checks as well. At all times we were mindful of our district's potential for greater achievement and of the concerns of our parents, school staff, students, and the community at large.
In making the announcement, Coburn also expressed the board's deep appreciation to Robert Turnage who has been serving as the district's interim superintendent since November 2013.