Marcus Campbell at the 2021 ETHS graduation ceremonies. (Barbara Freeman photo)

The Evanston Township High School board Wednesday morning announced that Principal Marcus Campbell is their “top candidate” to become the district’s new superintendent.

But the board says that with its consultant, the Alma Advisory Group, it will conduct a rigorous and engaged interview process to allow Campbell to meet with parents, students and staff in late March, before the board makes a final decision on who will replace the retiring Eric Witherspoon.

Board President Pat Savage-Williams says, “The board wants to give Dr. Campbell the opportunity to meet with our community and demonstrate the competencies that
the community told us they most desire in their next leader.”

She says the Board will follow the steps recommended by Alma Advisory Group to ensure this is an authentic process, and the community truly gets to weigh in on such an important decision.

“While it is the board’s responsibility to hire the next superintendent, we strongly believe in authentically engaging our students, teachers, staff, and community members in this important decision,” Board Vice President Monique Parsons said

Campbell has been at ETHS for more than 21 years and has served in his current leadership position for more than nine years.

He serves as the educational leader and chief administrator of all school operations and leads the development of district strategy and organizational change including effective instruction practices, impactful diversity and equity initiatives, and responsive programs and services.

Campbell earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at National College of Education, National Louis University. He also holds an M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University and a B.A. from University of Illinois at Champaign with a major in English and minor in African American Studies.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Look at the state ETHS is in under his leadership. Declining student performance, multiple sexual assaults scandals, HR scandal, and “hacking” incident. Why would ETHS continue down this path? Also why would they hire this fake “search committee” for $25k just to give the job to the person who was promised it all along? More of the same at ETHS.

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