Hoover City Schools announces finalists for superintendent

HOOVER – Hoover City Schools has narrowed down the pool of applicants for the superintendent position to five finalists.

The district received dozens of applications from candidates from Alabama and 11 other states around the country, according to an HCS press release.

The finalists are:

  • Dr. Michael Barber, who most recently served as the superintendent of Pell City Schools.
  • Dr. Autumn Jeter, the current superintendent of Bessemer City Schools.
  • Dr. Bart Reeves, the current superintendent of Satsuma City Schools.
  • Dr. Holly Sutherland, the current superintendent of Haleyville City Schools.
  • Mr. William Randy Wilkes, the current superintendent of Phenix City Schools.

The person selected for the position will replace Dr. Kathy Murphy, who was named the new president of Gadsden State Community College in October 2020 and began her appointment on Jan. 1, 2021.

In early December, the Hoover Board of Education appointed Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tera Simmons to serve as interim superintendent.

The Alabama Association of School Boards conducted online surveys and community stakeholder meetings regarding the search for the next superintendent from mid-December to mid-January.

Hoover City Schools parents, students, employees and Hoover residents responded to the online surveys, giving their input on the qualifications and traits the next superintendent should possess.

The Hoover Board of Education will conduct interviews with the finalists later this month.