"We shared some things that are in the contract with both of the final candidates, Weathers said of the two finalists Setterlund and Dr. Donna Wright. Now in order to employee Dr. Setterlund we have to finalize all the terms. I will be working with him over the next few days.
Weathers said that selecting a new director was a tough choice because both Setterlund, the Assistant Superintendent of Memphis City/Shelby County Schools, and Wright, the Assistant Superintendent at Knox County Schools, were highly qualified. I voted for Dr. Setterlund because for me personally it was his ability to answer difficult questions on the spot to reach me with his answers. I felt like Dr. Setterlund was the right person for Wilson County, he added.
Finalists were selected during a nationwide search by former Commissioner of Education Wayne Qualls business, Teams, Inc., which was retained by the board to conduct the initial search. Setterlund and Wright were invited to appear before the board for interviews twice in April.
Setterlund has a rich career history in education, which includes serving as a classroom teacher at Kirby High School from December 1980 to May 1985; teacher at Germantown High School from June 1985 to January 1988; Vice-Principal at Germantown High School from February 1988 to July 1992; Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis from January 1992 to 1999; Principal of Collierville High School from July 1992 to December 2011; and his current position as the Assistant Superintendent of Memphis City/Shelby County Schools.