Evanston Township High School has named Marcus Campbell to succeed Oscar Hawthorne as assistant superintendent and principal.

Campbell’s appointment was approved unanimously by the school board Monday night. He takes on the new role starting July 1.

Campbell previously was associate principal of accademic affairs and student supports at ETHS.

Hawthorne, the district said in a news release, has resigned to take on new career opportunities after four years of service at ETHS.

“Marcus Campbell is an extraordinary educator and instructional leader,” said Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. “He is highly respected and admired by faculty, staff and parents at ETHS. We are very fortunate that he will be serving in this position, and I look forward to the positive impact he will have.”

Campbell has spent his entire professional career at ETHS, starting as an English teacher.

In 2011-12, Campbell became director for student supports and racial equity, where he oversaw student support programs and was given administrative responsibility for the school’s Wildkit Academy Saturday support program.

In that role he also guided the district’s racial equity work and professional development.

As assistant superintendent and principal, Campbell will be the chief administrator in charge of all school operations. He will be responsible for administration of the educational program, building management, pupil personnel services, and oversight of all student activities.
Raised in Chicago, Campbell earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

He also has a master’s degree in education from DePaul University and is completing work on a doctorate in educational leadership.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Congratulation to Marcus Campbell

    Congratulations to both Mr. Campbell and ETHS!  Marcus Campbell has the intelligence, motivation and sincerity to do great good in a school that deserves an administrator of his caliber.  We as a community are lucky to have him working with our kids.  I hope he is there when my own children finally make it through middle school.  Finally, some good news about the high school here on Evanston Now.  

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