MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield City Schools board has appointed Stan Jefferson as the next superintendent.
On Tuesday night, the school board voted unanimously to hire Jefferson to lead the district.
"We are excited to hire such a talented educational leader who is so familiar with our community," said Renda Cline, board president. "Given his familiarity with our district, the transition will be smooth for our students, staff and community.
"He will be able continue moving our district forward without delay, which is what our students need and our community."
The community is sure to be happy with this appointment. A petition circulated within the community that included more than 700 signatures boosting Jefferson for the position.
When the board finalized its vote, those in the audience applauded.
Jefferson has more than 43 years as an educator and administrator in the Mansfield City Schools, according to the board. A Dayton-area native born in 1952, he was a successful head football and track coach for the Tygers and is a member of the school's athletics hall of fame.
Jefferson served as principal at Mansfield Senior High School before he was hired by Jim Tressel to work with the Ohio State University football program, where he was employed for 13 years before retiring in 2017. He then launched a new company, Jefferson Rowe, that summer.
"Mansfield City Schools is such an amazing place with so many wonderful opportunities for students, staff and residents," Jefferson said via press release. "I look forward to honor our great traditions as we continue to help students grow."
Jefferson was not at the meeting. Cline said they board still had to figure out his salary and no contract is signed yet.
Jefferson is also a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
A co-founder and CEO of Jefferson Rowe Vertical Horizon Solutions Group, he speaks on issues of leadership, cultural awareness and more. Jefferson recently spoke to student leaders at Clear Fork high school and middle school.
He earned his master's degree in education administration and education supervision from Bowling Green State University.
Jefferson also has a principal's license and earned his superintendent certificate from Ashland University. He obtained his professional superintendent's license in 2015.
The school board voted April 17 to offer outgoing Superintendent Brian Garverick a new position, leading the district's new Alternative School.
"An agreement has been reached which allows Mr. Garverick the ability to continue to work in the district and permits the board to pursue hiring another superintendent," Cline said after that meeting. "Both parties believe this transition is in the best interests of both the district and Mr. Garverick."