HSE superintendent resigns to become executive director at ISBA

Dr. Brian Smith (photo courtesy HSE Schools website)
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The superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools announced his resignation Tuesday, to become the executive director of the Indiana School Boards Association.

Dr. Brian Smith will stay on with HSE through September 1. His contract with HSE had originally set his retirement for June 2015, so John DeLucia, president of the HSE board of school trustees, said the board had already been "developing a long-range succession planning process." If they cannot find someone to take on the position quickly enough, DeLucia said they could be open to the idea of hiring an interim superintendent to give them a buffer to find the right person for the job long-term.

Dr. Smith said in a written statement about his departure. It said, in part:

"As often happens with career opportunities, more than one factor influenced the timing of this decision. First, the opening of ISBA is not one that occurs very often. Since 1975, only two people have directed ISBA in that capacity. Having served Indiana education for over 45 years in various capacities and in many different areas of the state, I believe this a rare opportunity to be a voice for Indiana public education on a statewide basis. In addition, recent changes in the state teachers' retirement fund have prompted many long-time, seasoned educators, to consider retiring early. This combination of circumstances led me to conclude that this was the right time for me to make this career change."