Trent T. North was named the new Douglas County School Superintendent in a special meeting on May 30. He replaces Dr. Gordon Pritz, who retired on May 31, after seven years of service in Douglas County and 40 years of overall service to education.
The Douglas County Board of Education worked with the Georgia School Boards Association Search Leaders, Trudy Sowar and Dr. Sam King, to identify the characteristics desired in the new superintendent; adopted qualifications for the position; approved and disseminated a recruitment announcement; reviewed applications; and interviewed candidates who appeared to have met the requirements. Forty-four applications were received from a broad range of applicants. The entrants represented states across the country. From these applicants, nine candidates were chosen for close review and eight were interviewed as the Board sought to determine those best qualified for the position.
The Board named three applicants as the best qualified for the job. For 14 days, the Board made the resumes of the three finalists public and available for inspection and copying as required.
On his application, Mr. North wrote about being a lifelong Georgian deeply committed to the children and families of the state and regional area. He grew up poor, living in public housing, learning to be resourceful while remaining content in every situation, and maintaining his zeal to strive for excellence. He assumed responsibility for himself, determining he could be entirely independent by using education as his “weapon of choice.” This core value has guided all his professional decisions and the raising of his children.
Trent North’s career to date has been dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of Georgia’s children and families, both as a professional educator with 26 years in K-12 public education, and 24 years as a civil servant with a lifelong commitment to community service. He has worked in capacities that give him advanced knowledge of school systems from bottom to top.