Coulson Named Lone Superintendent Finalist

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College Station's school board has voted unanimously to name Deputy Superintendent Eddie Coulson the lone finalist for the vacant superintendent position.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Coulson said. "College Station is a great place, a great community with great students, great teachers, great administrators and great parents, so I'm really excited about the opportunity."

Coulson has been serving as acting superintendent for the past month following the exit of Jimmy Creel after less than a year on the job. Creel and the board came to an agreement for him to leave after the board placed him on administrative leave due to issues with his handling of the top spot.

Coulson is now in his tenth year with the school district. He was widely considered a top candidate when Steve Johnson left the district in the fall of 2005. But Creel was named the lone finalist for that job, just as Coulson was named the sole finalist this time around.

"He's the right person at the right time," said Board President Tim Jones about Coulson. "He's demonstrated a lot of initiative and leadership and interpersonal skills within our team here in the district. We're very pleased to be able to recognize that performance by naming him our lone finalist."

There will now be a 21-day waiting period before the board can formally offer Coulson the job if they so choose.

"We're moving forward," he said as the new school year approaches. "We have a lot to teach kids, and we certainly have a lot to do between now and then to get ready. We're business as usual."