Upper Arlington City Schools will have a new superintendent July 1: Paul Imhoff, who grew up in central Ohio and was formerly a teacher at Pickerington Junior High School.

Upper Arlington City Schools will have a new superintendent July 1: Paul Imhoff, who grew up in central Ohio and was formerly a teacher at Pickerington Junior High School.

Imhoff is currently superintendent at Mariemont City Schools in suburban Cincinnati.

The Upper Arlington Board of Education named Imhoff as the district's next leader on Monday, Feb. 18, after interviewing him and two other finalists for the position: Paul Craft, superintendent at Delaware City Schools, and Kyle Ramey, director of instructional services at Kettering City Schools.

"This was an extraordinary slate of finalists," board President Robert Arkin said.

"They were three individuals each of whom is gifted as a leader," he said. "Our district would have been positioned well with any of the three, but Paul (Imhoff) was our consensus selection. We felt like he was the very best choice."

Arkin said Imhoff brings an impressive list of credentials and a proven track record of success.

"We believe his experience and leadership style will assure that our school system maintains its tradition of excellence and continues on its path as a nationally recognized 21st-century 'lighthouse district'," he said.

Imhoff said Upper Arlington's success has been far-reaching.

"The Upper Arlington schools are among the finest in the state and the nation," he said. "I am humbled and honored to be joining such an excellent school district with an amazing history of success.

"People consistently observe this success in academics, the arts and in athletics," he said. "I am excited to be a part of that tradition and to help keep it alive. At the same time, I am eager to join students, teachers and staff members in creating the future in Upper Arlington."

Imhoff and the other two finalists met with staff members, students, administrators and members of the community last week in focus groups and forums.

"I enjoyed spending a day in the school district and meeting many different individuals who care deeply about the Upper Arlington schools and the city of Upper Arlington," he said. "Everyone I met was welcoming and very supportive of the schools and the mission to prepare, inspire and empower all students to be life-long learners and socially responsible citizens.

"These people truly care about having an excellent school system and I will help them realize their goal," he said. "While there were varying opinions expressed throughout the day, I sensed everyone is willing to work together in service to the children and the community."

Prior to the Mariemont position, Imhoff was the assistant superintendent of Madeira City Schools in Cincinnati and held principal and held assistant principal positions at Cincinnati Wyoming Middle School and Mapleton High School. Early in his career, he was a language arts teacher at Pickerington Junior High School and Clinton-Massie High School.

He received his bachelor's degree in education from Miami University and his master's degree in education from the University of Dayton. He serves on the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators and is vice chairman of the Alliance for High Quality Education.

Imhoff said he is excited about his new job.

"I'm looking forward to exploring innovative ways we can continue collaborating within the district and throughout the community to assure our students are prepared for their future as global citizens," he said. "My experience as an administrator for the past 15 years and my ability to make the tough financial, educational and operational decisions will be crucial in moving the district forward to serve the diverse needs of all students."

Board members were expected to approve Imhoff's contract, which includes a base annual salary of $165,000, during a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.