The Madison County Board of Education recently picked Madison County schools Assistant Superintendent Michael Williams to become the school system’s next superintendent.
The board named Williams as its sole finalist for the position at a Thursday meeting.
Williams’ appointment can’t become final under state law until a 14-day public comment period has passed.
The board has not yet set the terms of Williams’ contract with the school district.
The board picked Williams from among 29 applicants for the job “because of his skills, knowledge, experience base, success in previous positions, and fit for the Madison County School System and the Danielsville community,” according to a press release.
Williams is to replace Allen McCannon, a recent finalist for Georgia Superintendent of the Year, who has led the system since 2010.
McCannon announced last fall that he would retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
Williams’ connections with Madison County and its school system began long before he started work as an assistant superintendent in the system. He is a graduate of Madison County High School and he and wife Christy Williams have three children in Madison County schools.
After graduating from Madison County High in 1987, Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Piedmont College and went on to get a master’s degree from Clemson University and an education specialist degree in educational supervision and leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
Most of his educational career has been in neighboring Banks County, where he was at first a physical education teacher and coach at Banks County Middle School.
He moved on to become athletic director at Banks County High School, then assistant principal at the school in 2005. He became principal of Banks County Elementary School beginning in 2010.
Williams started work as Madison County assistant superintendent in 2014. He is a member of the Madison County Rotary Club and of several professional organizations.
The board expects Williams “will be involved in a time of transition” with McCannon before McCannon steps down.
“Mr. Williams understands instruction, system finance, personnel, board relations and charter system governance,” said Robert Hooper, chair of the Madison County Board of Education, in the school district’s announcement. “He has a career path that includes successful school and system leadership, knows our system very well, and has proven his value to our school system.”