Dawson County High School Principal Jute Wilson has been named the sole finalist to become the next school superintendent in Lamar County.
According to the April 22 announcement, Wilson will be offered a contract after the required 14-day waiting period. He will replace Bill Truby, who is retiring.
Wilson has served as the principal of the local high school for the past four years. Prior to that, he was principal of Cook High School in south Georgia, as well as an assistant principal, athletic director, head football coach and teacher.
"It has been a real honor and privilege to serve in Dawson County." Wilson said. "I've been a high school principal seven years and in administration a total of 14 years. I have enjoyed every job assignment and every place I have worked."
Wilson said that it was the opportunity for a new challenge that made him act on the opening in the middle Georgia county.
"Throughout my career, I have been able to work under several great school leaders," he said. "A few opportunities to advance my career presented themselves this year. Lamar County was one of them.
"Unfortunately, sometimes to move up, you have to move. My wife and I rode down and visited the area before applying. The community, the location and the school board all felt like a great fit for us."
The move also puts Wilson and his wife, Sheila, closer to their immediate families.
"Most of our family lives in south Georgia, and Lamar County is much closer to them," Wilson said. "As with any promotion, there will be a learning curve, but we are excited about the new challenges ahead of us."
According to a news release, the Lamar County Board of Education is pleased to welcome Wilson.
"We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Wilson's experience and ability to be our next superintendent," said Susan Byars, who chairs the board. "He will continue the good leadership of Dr. Bill Truby and will also bring new ideas to our school system."
Wilson's first official day with Lamar County is scheduled for July 1.
Dawson County's own retiring superintendent praised Wilson for his work over the past four years.
"I am happy for Dr. Wilson on this great opportunity and wish him the best," said Superintendent Keith Porter. "I appreciate all of the contributions that he has made in moving our high school forward over the past four years."
A job listing to fill Wilson's vacancy has already been posted, according to Porter. Once the applications are examined, a recommendation will be made to the local school board.