After narrowing down the decision to two applicants, Lake County Educated Services District held its final interviews for the position of superintendent on Wednesday, June 12. A decision was reached between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon to offer the position to current Lakeview High School Principal Bob Nash.
Nash has worked for the Lake County School District 7 for 29 years, serving as both a middle school principal and high school principal. He will be taking over the position that is being vacated by current Supt. Alice Hunsaker. Hunsaker reported the news and was happy that it is Nash who will be replacing her.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the choice,” she said. “He knows the schools, he knows the community, and he already has relationships with the key players and the key folks that he will work with.” Hunsaker stressed how much of an advantage Nash would have getting acclimated to his new role as the superintendent of the Lake County ESD.
Nash wouldn’t specify when it was that they informed him of their choice, but he did confirm that he officially resigned by the end of Thursday, June 13.
When asked how he felt about the offer, he replied, “I’m just extremely humbled and gratified to accept the new position.” He pointed to the support received from the School District as a contributing factor for why he was qualified to apply for the superintendent position, saying that they placed a lot of faith and trust in him and that it’s allowed him to grow.
According to Nash, it was a difficult decision for him to make, as he has been a part of the Lake County School District #7 for almost three decades. “I’ve worked with great people. When you’re in a position for 29 years, it’s extremely tough to leave.”
With his new role in the community, he hopes to help his students in a different fashion. He also anticipates being able to help all of them.
When asked about his replacement, he would only say, “Mr. (Steve) Prock has been a wonderful vice principal. I certainly hope he gets every consideration, and I’ll give him as much support as I can.”