Dalton Superintendent Tim Scott is GHSA trustees’ choice as new executive director

Executive committee will vote to approve in April

Dalton Public Schools superintendent Tim Scott is the GHSA board of trustees’ choice to become the association’s next executive director, succeeding Robin Hines, the GHSA announced Monday.

The GHSA’s 75-member executive committee will vote to approve Scott’s hire at its spring meeting April 15 in Macon. The board of trustees served as the interview committee and recommended Scott.

“We are excited about Dr. Tim Scott being named sole finalist for the Executive Director position,” GHSA president Jim Finch said in a statement. “Dr. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the association. It was clear during the search and interview process, Dr. Scott was able to articulate a plan and vision to move the GHSA forward. We look forward to his leadership and are confident he can continue to provide a positive and enriching experience for our student athletes.”

Tim Scott, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools, is expected to be the finalist for the position of executive director of the Georgia High School Association.

Credit: Dalton Public Schools

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Credit: Dalton Public Schools

Finch said the board interviewed two other candidates but declined to identify them Monday.

Hines announced his retirement, effective at the end of this academic year, on Nov. 29. He has been the GHSA executive director since 2017.

Scott, Dalton’s superintendent since 2018, was the assistant superintendent of district operations with the Douglas County School System before taking his current position.

Scott has been the principal at Douglas County (2011-15), Dublin (2007-09) and alma mater Northside-Warner Robins (2001-07) and was an assistant principal at Lassiter (2009-11) and Warner Robins (1997-01).

Scott began teaching at Northside-Warner Robins in 1987 and was head wrestling coach and assistant football coach there. In 2007, Hines replaced Scott as Northside’s principal and served for two years before becoming Houston County Schools superintendent.

Scott holds degrees from Georgia College, Troy State University and ARGOSY University.

Scott would become the seventh full-time executive director in GHSA history. The others and their tenures are Hines (2017-24), Gary Phillips (2014-17), Ralph Swearngin (2001-2014), Tommy Guillebeau (1991-2001), Bill Fordham (1976-1991) and Sam Burke (1946-76).

The new executive director would start on July 1. Hines has said he would remain in an advisory capacity as long as needed. Hines was the first GHSA executive director not promoted from within. Scott would be the second.