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New superintendent to be named.

The District 202 Board of Education has a special meeting set for Thursday evening to announce the new superintendent of Evanston Township High School, and all indications are that current ETHS principal Marcus Campbell will get the job.

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

Campbell was the only person interviewed for the position. He was vetted by a search firm, and was also questioned by the board, along with panels of parents, students, and staff.

The new superintendent will replace Eric Witherspoon, who is retiring at the end of the current school year, after 16 years at the head of the district.

The special meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday at ETHS.

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.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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