The Rutherford County School Board unanimously voted on Monday evening to name Don Odom as the new director of schools.
Odom, who is a Rutherford County native, has spent his entire education career with county schools and currently serves as the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
“I am honored that the Board would express the confidence in me to head up this school system. My heart is here; your heart is here,” Odom said, addressing the Board after the vote. “We have a high achieving school district. It's not a one-person accomplishment for Rutherford County to be where we are. It's a lot of people working together.”
Odom began his career in education as a math and reading teacher at Kittrell School before he served as a math teacher and department chair at Oakland High School.
He was also named the first principal at David Youree Elementary in 1976. Odom held the position until 1998 when he moved to the central office as the district's attendance coordinator.
In addition to Odom, three other finalists including Paula Barnes, Dr. Stan Curtis and Dr. Donna Wright, were all interviewed for the position as well.
Current Director of Schools Harry Gill is set to retire on June 30.