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Board names finalist for superintendent position

supt. Rick Townsend


Dr. Rick Townsend, of Brunswick, has been named finalist for school superintendent. He was named in a 4-1 vote with Sue Finley voting in opposition.

Pickens County School District Press Release


  On April 7, the Pickens County Board of Education voted to name Dr. Rick Townsend as the single finalist for the position of superintendent. As required by Georgia statute, a 14-day public comment period is now in effect since a finalist has been named.

The Board decided to name Dr. Townsend as finalist for the position after a thorough three-month search process. The search process included consideration of 34 applicants from across Georgia and several other states, initial

interviews of 14 applicants, collection and review of extensive reference information, and in-depth follow-up interviews of four applicants. During the search process, the Board surveyed over 200 school system employees and over 500 members of the Pickens County community to determine the qualifications and characteristics that those groups thought most important in the selection. The Board utilized the survey results in selecting Dr. Townsend as the single finalist.

Dr. Townsend currently serves as chief executive officer of the Golden Isles College and Career Academy in Brunswick, Ga. and has served in that role since 2010. Dr. Townsend began his education career in 1991 at Winder-Barrow Middle School as a teacher and coach. He served as assistant principal at Jefferson High School from 1997 to 2002 and was principal of Banks County Upper Elementary School from 2002 to 2005. He was then named principal of E. T. Booth Middle school in Cherokee County and then worked as a principal, assistant superintendent, and acting superintendent in Appling County Schools prior to assuming his current position at the Golden Isles College and Career Academy.

Dr. Townsend grew up in Lithonia, Ga. He has been married for 29 years to Carolyn Townsend, who is a kindergarten teacher. Dr. and Mrs. Townsend have three children, Haley, Emily, and Molly. Dr. Townsend is a graduate of Reinhardt College, the University of Georgia, and the University of West Georgia. He earned the Doctor of Education Degree in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia in 2011.During the coming weeks, the Board will finalize terms of employment for Dr. Townsend. It is the Board’s intent to formally employ Dr. Townsend as superintendent after the 14-day period of public comment. The Board anticipates that Dr. Townsend will begin work as superintendent as soon as possible, and will closely coordinate his work with Dr. Charles Webb, the current interim superintendent.