The school board, as sort-of expected, rescinded its appointment of Jay Steele as interim superintendent and appointed Chris Henson in his place, and did so with some procedural mess-making.
Kasey Anderson has been named executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Anderson has more than 20 years of organizational leadership experience and had previously led the Nashville Academy of Medicine for 11 years.
“We believe that we found exactly who we need in an executive director. Above all else, Kasey is professional — a most important quality for anyone representing ACEC and TSPE,” said Mickey Sullivan, executive vice president at Gresham Smith and Partners and chair of the associations’ selection committee. “She approaches advocacy and consensus building with experience and boundless energy. There is no doubt that we will thrive under her leadership.”
Anderson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Vanderbilt University. She is a former member of the executive committee at the Tennessee Society of Association Executives and the current vice chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Action Commission.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the professional engineers in Tennessee. Their commitment to quality and focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans is inspiring,” said Anderson. “I look forward to the continued growth of ACEC of Tennessee and TSPE and advocating on our members’ behalf at the state and national level.”
With no discussion, the Metro Nashville School Board responsible for 87,000 students and nearly 11,000 employees on Tuesday night promoted an officer deemed unqualified to run the school system to the district's top job.
The School Board voted 5-4 to promote Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele to director of schools. The move is effective July 1, after the month-end retirement of current Director Jesse Register.
The interim position does not disqualify Steele from going after for the job on a permanent basis, according to several members of the board who voted for him. Steele had applied to become a permanent replacement, but was told by officials with Chicago-based search firm Hazard Young Attea and Associates they would not recommend he make the first cut of candidates due to lack of experience, he said. Board members say that, depending on who appears on a short list of candidates set to be unveiled July 6, there could be room to consider Steele.
Steele, credited for growing the career academies program in Metro high schools, said he is still interested in the director job on a permanent basis and was surprised the board voted him in as interim leader on Tuesday.
“I was not asked to be the interim. But I am humbled by the board members who voted for me tonight and I’ll serve them and this district the best I can,” he said after the meeting.
Louisiana-Pacific Executive Vice President Jeff Wagner has signed the papers governing his retirement from the company, effective July 1. Wagner, who had led LP's oriented strand board business until earlier this year, will walk away with a deal to be paid his $355,000 salary and health insurance for the next 18 months and have his restricted stock vest as scheduled, among other things.
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