The Westerville City School District is poised to have a new human-resources director.

The board of education has approved hiring Paul Hopkins, senior director of learning and leading at Battelle for Kids, to fill the position held by Lori Lofton.

Lofton is leaving the district to become assistant superintendent of New Albany-Plain Local Schools.

Though Hopkins may work a few days as part of a transition plan, his first official day with Westerville is Aug. 1.

His initial one-year contract includes a base salary of $113,000. Depending on what benefit plan he chooses, the annual dollar cost would be between $44,000 and $53,000, said Greg Viebranz, Westerville's executive director of communications and technology.

Hopkins has worked at Battelle for Kids since 2014.

He previously worked as a principal and assistant principal in York County Public Schools in Yorktown, Virginia; director of exceptional education in Henrico County Public Schools in Henrico, Virginia; and vice president of operations, human resources/curriculum at AdvancePath Academics Inc. in Williamsburg, Virginia.

"We had an extremely strong candidate pool for this position," said John Kellogg, superintendent. "After multiple interviews with members of our Executive Leadership Team, building-level leaders, human resources staff and others, Paul emerged as the candidate whose credentials and experience are best suited to lead our Office of Human Resources and Employee Relations, as well as bring additional benefits to our district."

Hopkins completed his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, where he received a bachelor's degree with a double major in history and secondary education.

He holds a master's degree in educational policy, planning and leadership, general K-12 administration, and a doctorate in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William and Mary.

"I'm dedicated to servant leadership," Hopkins said. "Approximately half of my past two decades in education has been spent in personnel, educational administration, labor negotiations and contract management, so I'm extremely pleased to be selected as the next executive director of human resources for Westerville Schools."

During his time at Battelle, he said, he has worked with educational institutions across the nation, including some of the teachers, principals and district leaders in Westerville.

"I'm excited about the prospect of working with my new colleagues and joining them as a member of this district's outstanding leadership team," he said.