Tim Edsell, Ph.D., is the new superintendent of Clark-Pleasant Community Schools, it was announced by the school corporation's Board of Trustees.
Edsell replaces Patrick Spray, who is the new superintendent of Perry Township Schools. Edsell also has moved northward; he most recently was the superintendent of Nineveh Hensley Jackson schools that includes southern Johnson County.
C-PCS Board of Trustees President Dave Thompson said the board did not have to look far geographically to fill the vacancy.
“To find someone of Tim’s caliber and leadership abilities, right here in the county is a win-win for our school community,” stated Thompson.
Edsell has a Bachelors degree in mathematics, a Masters in Administration from Ball State University and a Ph. D. from Indiana State University.
He has served the last nine years as superintendent of the Trafalgar-based school district where academics have improved in all schools in the district. He oversaw a $40 million multi-faceted construction project and supervised completion of a new elementary school.
“I feel fortunate to have had some wonderful, yet challenging, opportunities to this point in my career. I look forward to continuing and building upon the successes of the Clark-Pleasant board in this new role,” Edsell said.
Edsell began his career in education as a Math Teacher. He also has served as a principal and superintendent in several Indiana school districts. He also brings higher education experience, serving as an Adjunct Professor for Indiana Wesleyan and University of Southern Indiana.
“I believe, especially for our high school students, we need to always be pointing them to their next educational opportunity,” Edsell stated. “For some, that’s a four-year college but for others, a vocational certification or other opportunities to learn and to grow their skills and passions.”
One of Edsell’s most prominent accomplishments was implementing a successful, state-recognized Farm-to-Table program.
The board liked Edsell’s creation of a diverse marketing plan in the Nineveh Hensley Jackson school district that attracted over 400-transfer-tuition students and annually increased student enrollment; implementing K-12 STEM courses and Robotics teams while collaboratively negotiating competitive teacher contracts providing annual pay increases.
During his tenure as a principal, he received national and statewide recognition, including a National Blue Ribbon School Award, Indiana Four Star School Award for four consecutive years. During his 30 years as an educator, he’s also served as a head football coach and assistant baseball coach at several schools.
“It’s an honor and privilege to have been selected as the next superintendent of the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation,” Edsell stated. “I believe in the 3 R’s of Education: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. We will strive to provide exemplary leadership, effective communication, creative visionary skills, true collaboration, and sound fiscal responsibility. I am ready and very excited to serve the Clark-Pleasant School community.
Edsell loves spending quality time with his wife and three daughters, son-in-law and grandson. He is a Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions fan.
No worries, though.
In the news release from Clark-Pleasant schools, Edsell’s finals words were: “Let’s go, Warriors!”
(Note: Rick Hightower, Clark-Pleasant Schools Communications Coordinator, contributed to this article.)