After much deliberation, the Valdosta City School System announced Thursday the finalists for the school superintendent position that will be assumed after current VCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Cason retires.
The top three candidates are Dr. Deborah Lynette Demps, Dr. William A. Hunter and Edward Martin Roesch. They were chosen by the Valdosta Board of Education working in collaboration with the Georgia School Board Association to conduct the superintendent search.
“We started the process with over 30 applicants,” said VBOE Chairman Trey Sherwood.
The pool of candidates was then narrowed down to five which the board interviewed. After interviews were conducted, the board selected who they felt were the top three contenders.
Dr. Deborah Lynette Demps
Demps is currently the director of special education for the Brooks County Board of Education, a position she has held for three years.
In the past, Demps has served as a curriculum director for Brooks County Schools, an assistant principal at Brooks County High School, and three separate teaching positions between 1982 and 1996 for Brooks County.
Her education includes a bachelor of science in early childhood education from Valdosta State, a master’s of education in early childhood education from Valdosta State, an Ed.S in educational leadership from Valdosta State University and a Ed.D in educational leadership from VSU.
Demps’ honors and awards include the GREA Outstanding Educator Award from the Brooks County Retired Educators Association and Georgia Retired Educators Association, appreciation for dedicated service to Quitman Elementary School, the first African-American recipient of Valdosta State University’s doctorate of education, African-American Studies program, congressional recognition for outstanding achievement from Congressman Sanford Bishop, the Outstanding Achievement Award from Georgia Association of Educators, Meritorious Support Award from Brooks County Family Connection, Teacher of the Year at Quitman Elementary School, and outstanding leadership as a local association president for the Georgia Association of Educators.