Thomas Tucker, Licking Heights superintendent, has been chosen as superintendent of Worthington schools.

Thomas Tucker has been chosen as superintendent of Worthington schools.

Tucker, currently superintendent of Licking Heights Local School District, will begin in August. He succeeds Melissa Conrath, who is retiring after five years with the district.

The Worthington Board of Education plans to approve a contract for Tucker during a meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Details of his contract have not been finalized, and no salary has been announced. His current salary is $120,000. His expected salary is $160,000, according to his application.

Tucker has been superintendent of Licking Heights for three years. During that time, the district received its first "excellent" designation on Ohio's report card.

Licking Heights is a district of 3,287 students in western Licking County.

He has 21 years experience in public education in Kansas and Ohio. Prior to Licking Heights, he was an administrator with the Hilliard City Schools.

He was born and raised in northeastern Arkansas and received his B.A. in English education from Philander Smith College. He also has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

His wife, Janae, teaches elementary school in Dublin.

Twenty-one candidates had applied for the Worthington position.

"Throughout his career, Dr. Tucker has consistently demonstrated the leadership skills and vision necessary to take organizations to the next level," Worthington board president Marc Schare said in a prepared statement.

"Under Dr. Tucker's leadership and in conjunction with Worthington's already strong leadership team, superb teaching staff and caring and talented support staff, we are excited by the opportunities the future will bring to Worthington students."