Summit Leadership Selection Service

Summit Leadership Selection Service

The Summit Educational Service Centers’ Summit Leadership Selection Service would like to offer assistance to districts and boards of education in finding the right leader(s) for your district.  This process involves several steps, which are outlined below.  The searches will be directed by Steve Farnsworth, Leadership Consultant and Joseph Iacano, ESC Superintendent, both long time Superintendents that are associated with numerous Superintendents and Administrators in the State of Ohio.

We look forward to sharing our search process and proposed timeline with interested districts and boards of education.  Our process will emphasize engagement with the community and customization to meet the desires of the Board.  Keep in mind that our goal is not to find, for you, the best candidate; rather, our goal is to find, with you, the candidate that best fits the needs and the desires of your school district.

Superintendent/Treasurer/Administrator Search Process

The following list of services below outline the Search Process, but can be modified or customized to meet the specific needs of each District Board of Education.


  1. Build Profile
    This step includes determining what characteristics and traits the board of education would like to see the new Superintendent, Treasurer, or Administrator possess.  Staff and/or community input may be solicited, if the board desires.
  2. Online Brochure Creation
    An online brochure and advertising material will be created.
  3. Advertising and Recruiting
    This step will use the materials and scope of search to advertise the vacancy with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), and all other appropriate educational agencies, including Universities and Colleges.
  4. Receiving and Review of Applications
  5. Initial Interviews
  6. Report and recommendations to the Board
  7. Interview of Semi-finalists
  8. Final interviews
  9. Selection of new Superintendent/Treasurer/Administrator


It is important to emphasize that the board of education can and should be involved in every step of the search process.  It is the belief of the Summit Leadership Selection Service that there is a direct correlation between the degree of the board of education involvement, and the successful selection of a Superintendent, Treasurer, or Administrator who will meet the needs of the District.

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Joseph Iacano
(330) 945-5600 x513910

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Bob Wolf
Director of Human Resources, Business Management and Technology
(330) 945-5600 x513913

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