Hilliard City Schools Superintendent John Marschhausen has guided one of Ohio's largest school districts since 2013, and his leadership appears to have been noticed.
Ohio State University officials have selected Marschhausen to serve as the superintendent-in-residence for the Educational Administration program, one of 13 in Ohio State's Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education and Human Ecology.
While not entirely new, the position had been vacant since 2008. The previous superintendent-in-residence was a former state superintendent, Franklin B. Walter, who held the role from 2003 to 2008, said Eric Anderman, a professor of educational psychology and chairman of the Department of Educational Studies.
"Knowing (Marschhausen's) tenure at a large and growing suburban district" and his "expertise in public-education policy" led Ohio State to select him for the position, said Anika Anthony, an associate professor for the Department of Educational Studies and chairwoman of the Educational Administration program.
With an enrollment of 16,631 students, Hilliard is the eighth-largest district in the state, according to Stacie Raterman, director of communications for the district.
Marschhausen began a one-year term at Ohio State in January, and it is possible he could be appointed for up to two more one-year terms, Anthony said.
As superintendent-in-residence, Marschhausen will communicate via the Central Ohio Superintendents' Association with superintendents of other central Ohio school districts about educational-studies programs at Ohio State and carry their messages to faculty members; share experiences about being a superintendent with Ohio State students; offer input to Ohio State faculty about about such subjects as superintendent licensure and doctoral requirements; and serve as a "conduit" between the K-12 education community and Ohio State faculty, Anthony said.
The Department of Educational Studies faculty decided last year to bring back the superintendent-in-residence program, Anderman said.
"(Marschhausen) will be our liaison to the public schools, guest speaking in some of our classes, and will lend to us a professional voice about educational issues," Anderman said.
Marschhausen said he is "humbled to serve in the new position" and that it "will bring mutual benefits to area districts (and Ohio State)."
"It's a win-win for everyone," Marschhausen said. "I'll give reports (to the superintendents association) and then go back to OSU ... to tell them things we need.
"The Ohio State University provides a tremendous resource to our school community. From professional development opportunities, to expert resources for parent engagement and undergraduate-teacher preparation, to graduate degree and licensure, there is a real opportunity to capitalize by sharing resources with increased collaboration."
Some of those resources include an opportunity for socio-emotional learning, grants and data collection, he said.
Hilliard school board President Paul Lambert said the program would benefit Hilliard and the greater educational community.
"This partnership with OSU opens many doors for exceptional resources through collaborative efforts," Lambert said.
The superintendent-in-residence is a part-time position with an "annualized salary" of $10,008, according to Benjamin Johnson, director of media and public relations for Ohio State.
Marschhausen is not eligible for medical benefits and does not accrue sick leave as part of the position, Johnson said.