Melvin Brown will be the next superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools.

Board of Education President Joe Begeny said Brown edged out fellow finalist David Stewart, who is deputy superintendent of South-Western City Schools in Grove City, but not by much.

“I think we made a great choice, although I don’t think we could have gone wrong with either one,” he said. “Melvin Brown just brings something to our district that seems missing. There is a passion there and he generates a lot of excitement.”

Brown is currently deputy superintendent in the Cuyahoga Falls City School District in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Begeny said both men are well-respected and well-regarded in their school communities.

“For me, it was a gut instinct that there were certain things in our district that (Mr. Brown) would do a phenomenal job of addressing,” he said. “I look forward to working with him.”

Brown and his wife, Kim, plan to relocate to Reynoldsburg, Begeny said. They have three children, ages 26, 21 and 19.

“I am excited to become part of such a vibrant, innovative and student-centered community,” Brown said. “Reynoldsburg is an incredible community that aims to provide the best for all its residents … I am also very excited to take on a new journey in life and look forward to residing in and contributing to this great city.”

Brown is working on a doctorate in educational administration from Cleveland State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in English from James Madison University in Virginia and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Read more about the new superintendent in the April 13 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.