The Hinsdale Township High School Board has named the acting superintendent Bruce Law as its permanent leader.
The board voted 6-1 in favor of the appointment. The vote came Monday after the board met in closed session for a short time.
Board president Claudia Manley said Law, who has served as acting superintendent since August, has shown he is up to the job. Law was tapped as acting superintendent when the former superintendent Nicholas Wahl unexpectedly resigned two weeks before the start of the school year.
In the couple months that Law has served as acting superintendent Manley said she has been impressed by his honesty and integrity.
"Dr. Law has proven himself to be the right fit at the right time," Manley said.
Law said he is eager to continue to demonstrate that he will be a strong administrator. Law has not served previously as a superintendent. He said the board is showing confidence in his potential.
"One approach to making a hiring decision is to use experience. Another is to use potential. I realize the board has made a bet on my potential, and I am determined to exceed even my high expectations," he said.
Law will have a three-year contract and will be paid $195,000 a year, a district official said. A copy of his contract was not immediately available.
One board member, Michael Kuhn, voted against the appointment. Kuhn said he has nothing against Law, but felt the appointment was hasty and did not allow for parents, students, staff or residents to have any input in the selection.
"When you hire a district administrator you'd think you'd want to get input from the community," Kuhn said.
He added that the process was lacking in transparency and thoroughness that the district has previously used when hiring top leaders.
"We went through a process," he said. "We didn't just go behind closed doors and hire a superintendent."
Board member Richard Skoda, who previously publicly advocated hiring Law as superintendent, said he thinks Law has shown he is able to do the job.
Quoting Shakespeare, Skoda said Law has "had greatness thrust upon him."
Just a couple weeks ago board members had discussed using a search firm to help identify candidates for the job. At that time it was noted that superintendents are usually hired in the fall and then start their new jobs on July 1.
Law has been employed by District 86 since 2010 as assistant superintendent for instruction. Prior to coming to Hinsdale, he was the Head of School at Chicago Virtual Charter School from 2008 to 2010.
Law was also was on the faculty in the education department Lewis University in Romeoville, and was director of research and school improvement at Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Ind.
Law earned his doctorate, master's degree and education specialist degree from Indiana University and his bachelor's degree from Missouri State University. Law lives in Winfield with his wife Jennifer and two children, Gabrielle and Carson.