Tim Furman has been selected as the new head of the middle school at Wellington. He will begin his new post July 1.

Tim Furman has been selected as the new head of the middle school at Wellington. He will begin his new post July 1.

Furman, who is currently the testing coordinator at Powell Junior High School in Mesa, Ariz., said he chose Wellington after a national search for an administrative position.

"Heads over shoulders, the faculty at Wellington, they stood out for me," Furman said. "They were asking great questions and I really liked what they were saying."

Furman's enthusiasm helped him stand out from the other candidates, said Rob Brisk, Wellington's head of school.

"We were involved in what was an international search. Our final four candidates included a European and a Canadian," Brisk said. "We chose Rob for a variety of reasons, his personal qualities -- he's energetic and really a visionary and thinks about things that haven't been done and knows how to think outside the box. We are a school that works with all students and gives them opportunities to be creative. We need somebody who knows how to be creative."

Furman holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin and a master's from National-Louis University. In addition to his experience in the educational field, he has also worked in the technology industry.

"I'm also impressed by his variety of experience," Brisk said. "He's done the whole package and we're really excited about the experience he brings."

Furman replaces interim middle school head Tom Stahl.

"We wanted a solid and strong person to guide us through this transitional year," Brisk said. "(Tom) came out of retirement to give us a year and he really did a tremendous job."

Furman said he's looking forward to making the move to his new role at Wellington.

"What I'm going to do is spend an awful lot of time getting to know everybody in the community -- teachers, students, parents," he said. "The foundation is already in place. I just want to help take the school next level, which is what the teachers want, too.

"I plan to have a dialogue with teachers on how to perfect the art of teaching. I'd like to make the school even more appealing to a broader base of people, even though it's already bursting at the seams."

Furman, who is single, said he's unconcerned that central Ohio's climate can be frigid in comparison to Arizona.

When he heard about the monster snowstorm that struck central Ohio in early March, "I did blink at that point," Furman said. "But I'm from Chicago, so I'm kind of used to that environment."

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