Dr. Shawn Joseph has accepted an offer to become the next Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools.
The Metropolitan Board of Public Education voted unanimously Friday morning to offer him the job.
Following the 9-0 vote, Joseph verbally agreed by phone to the terms of a 4-year contract. His first day on the job will be July 1.
Additional details of his contract were not yet available.
Joseph, of Prince George's County in Maryland, had been named among three finalists to the position.
The school district had been without a director for nearly a year.
Mayor Megan Barry applauded the hire by saying Joseph "is a truly inspired choice to lead our Metro Nashville Public Schools into the future."
Metro Schools has released the following statement:
“Over the last two weeks, the Board has had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing a high-quality group of candidates. Each candidate was impressive for different reasons, leaving the Board with an extremely difficult decision to make. I am pleased to share that this morning the Board voted unanimously to select Dr. Shawn Joseph from Prince George’s County, Maryland as our new district leader. Shortly after our vote, Dr. Joseph agreed to accept the position. We are thrilled that he will begin his work in our district on July 1.”