Chris Potts officially has been named the executive director of business services for the Upper Arlington schools.

Chris Potts officially has been named the executive director of business services for the Upper Arlington schools.

Potts has been serving as interim director since August in place of Paul Craft, who has been on military leave with the U.S. Army Reserve in Washington, D.C., during the past school year.

Potts, 34, previously served for six years as athletics director for the district.

The board of education officially accepted Craft's resignation at a special meeting June 24, and unanimously voted to approve Potts' new two-year contract.

Board member William Catalano was absent from the early-morning meeting.

According to board information, Potts will make $112,000 this year, not including benefits. Craft was making $112,400 in the position during the 2008-09 school year.

Potts officially will take over the business director position Aug. 1.

He previously made $90,783 as athletics director during the 2008-09 school year and was making $109,199 as interim business director for the past year.

Steve Phillips, executive director of personnel for the district, said the schools are in a good situation for the turnover.

"One of our own, Paul, has been named superintendent of the Delaware City Schools," Phillips said. "It will be a loss for our district. Surely, we have a very able replacement for Paul."

Craft, who will take over as superintendent of Delaware City Schools in August, will receive his last paycheck from Upper Arlington on Sept. 8.

Current Delaware superintendent Mary Anne Ashworth plans to retire as of July 31.

While Potts has been serving as interim executive director of business services, Greg Sullivan, a professor at Otterbein University, and Michael Schaefer, UAHS wellness department head, were sharing his position as athletics director.

Phillips said district officials already have begun a search for the next athletics director and plan to fill the position by Aug. 1.

Potts holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Denison University, a business manager's license and a master's degree in sport management and educational administration from Ohio State University.

He said he is excited to officially take on the new role.

"I will miss the kid interaction, but I'm looking forward to it," he said.

Board vice president Robin Comfort said she thinks Potts will do a great job in his new position.

"I think in this past year as interim director, Chris has really come into his own," she said. "He has done some amazing things with scrutinizing our school expenses, looking at how we can do everything better when it comes to handling everything from Xeroxing to all of the construction costs related to Barrington and Greensview and now there is a playground going in. I think he is a young man who has unlimited potential."

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