Dr. Todd Freeman has been named the next superintendent of Vestavia Hills City Schools.
The city’s school board chose him unanimously to become the system’s seventh superintendent. The decision was announced Jan. 31.
Freeman is superintendent of Sylacauga City Schools in Talladega County, a position he has held since 2013. Before that, he spent 20 years as an educator, principal and district-level director in the Auburn school system.
“Vestavia Hills has been a great system for many years and has a strong, rich tradition of success. I look forward to working together with our schools and community to move us forward in that tradition,” Freeman said, in a released statement.
Freeman holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Valdosta State University, a master’s from Auburn University and a bachelor’s from Jacksonville State University.
“It was important to the board members and me that we carry out this lengthy and detailed process because we know just how important this position is to the success of our schools and city,” board President Nancy Corona stated in an email to the school community. “Ultimately, we selected Dr. Freeman because we believe he possesses a combination of professional skills and personal character that we need from the leader of this school system.”
After a hiring process that began in October, board officials noted that Freeman was chosen from a field of 32 applicants following public interviews with the Board of Education, site visits to each candidate’s current and former schools, reference and background checks and written feedback from teachers, students and administrators who met with the candidates.