WCCC Board Hires Next Superintendent
Newly-hired Superintendent of the Warren County Career Center Rick Smith is ready and excited to meet the school staff, the partner school districts’ staff, and the community. He begins his duties at WCCC on June 1, but he wants to start meeting the people he will be working with before then. He plans to set up some Coffee with the Superintendent meetings in the coming weeks.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to join the WCCC family,” he said. “The Career Center has a long history of providing workforce development training for students in Warren County and surrounding areas. I was attracted to the growth of the county and the growth of the district with its current building and renovation projects, expanding adult education programs, and increasing enrollment in high school courses.”
He has 16 years of experience in Career Technical Education. His most recent position is at Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, where he is wrapping up a seven-year career there, five of those years as superintendent.
“It is tough to leave Clark County and its students and staff,” he said. “I have enjoyed my seven years here, and have made some great partnerships. I will miss them, but I know the district is in a good place, and that they will continue the great work they do.”
Smith earned his Bachelor of Science from Minnesota State University, his Master of Youth Development from Concordia University, his Principal License at the University of Findley, and his Superintendent License through Ashland University. He started his career teaching at a juvenile detention center in Marion, Ohio in the early 1990s. In 2001, he was hired at TriRivers Career Center as a social studies teacher and promoted in 2003 to building administrator. In 2007, he was hired at Tolles Tech as a building administrator and went from there in 2010 to Springfield-Clark as Executive Director. He was named interim Superintendent in March 2012, and then hired as Superintendent in May 2012.
“Career Tech is really the best game in town,” he said. “Students have a triple-threat advantage. They are prepared for college if they want to go on for more education, they are of course prepared for a career, and they gain life skills training that they can use the rest of their lives.”
Smith was chosen from a pool of 22 original applicants. “There were some very strong candidates who applied, and I am honored to be chosen,” he said. “I appreciate the trust they have in me.”
Some key responsibilities Smith recognizes he will have include getting to know the community and making sure communication from the school remains transparent across the district.
Warren County is familiar territory for Smith and his wife. They look forward to moving to the area. “My wife, Mary, and I plan to move from the Beavercreek area to Warren County as soon as possible,” he said. “Mary works in the Cincinnati area and her two adult sons graduated from Springboro High School, so she knows the area well and is excited to be coming ‘home.’”
Board President Bobbie Grice said she looks forward to working with Mr. Smith. “The board made a good choice, and I am pleased to be moving forward with Rick as our new superintendent,” she said. “I think he will be a great asset for our district and for the community.”