“John has a dynamic personality and his career success has proven him to be a strong leader,” said Hilliard Board of Education President Andy Teater. “We are thrilled to welcome someone with his experience and talent to Hilliard Schools.”
“Hilliard City Schools is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to lead an exceptional district and to continue to build on the successful traditions established,” explained Marschhausen. “I’m eager to learn about the current practices, build collaborative relationships with the leadership team and staff and engage the community as a whole in conversations about the district.”
Marschhausen is a young yet seasoned superintendent. Prior to serving as the superintendent of Loveland City Schools in Loveland, Ohio since 2010, he was superintendent at East Knox Local Schools in Howard, Ohio for five years. He has an extensive career in education and also served as the principal at the Tri-Village Jr./Sr. High School in New Madison, Ohio for five years and one year as the assistant principal/athletic director at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio. He also has six years of experience teaching high school social studies and American History.
Marschhausen has a doctorate degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also holds a Master’s of Education degree and his Administrative Certificate from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
In addition to his extensive experience, Marschhausen has served on the Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association (TRECA) Board of Directors, the Governor’s Advisory Council for Ohio Core Implementation and the Ohio Leadership Forum. He has been widely published on the use of technology in schools, served on the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force and presented at multiple workshops related to the role of technology in education.
“Hilliard is a great school system,” noted Teater. “We are a strong district that values community input, high academic achievement and innovative teaching strategies. John will build upon the great traditions that have led us to excellence.”
The superintendent search began in early October when Superintendent Dale A. McVey announced his intention to retire after 35 years in education, including 15 years with Hilliard City Schools. In November, the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) was selected to support the board throughout the search.
The position was posted through various channels and agencies and drew 24 qualified candidates. In early January, the board invited students, staff, parents and residents to provide input regarding the board’s leadership profile and more than 890 people participated in this step of the process. On February 7, the list of 24 was narrowed to five talented leaders who each interviewed with all five board members. On February 24, three finalists met with a cross group of community, parent, student and staff members to address questions and provide feedback to the board. Each candidate then met with the entire board on February 26 for final interviews.
“This has been a very public process and we are grateful for all of the input and feedback that we received,” stated Teater. “We are fortunate that our community values education and we appreciate that continued support.”
The board will formally act upon Marschhausen’s employment at a special meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Central Office Annex, 5323 Cemetery Road in Hilliard. He will begin his tenure with Hilliard City Schools on July 1, 2013. Other contract details are still being discussed and a final contract will be available at Monday’s meeting. Joining Marschhausen at the meeting will be his wife Susan and their daughters Jordan, eighth grade, and Emily, fifth grade.