The district released a statement about the new hire:
"This evening, following an executive session, the Fayetteville Board of Education voted to name Dr. Paul Hewitt as Superintendent of the Fayetteville Public Schools, pending execution of a contract between Dr. Hewitt and the board.
Hewitt brings a long history of expertise in education to the Fayetteville School District with a career spanning over 35 years in public education, 17 of those years as a superintendent. Hewitt has also served as Principal, Vice Principal, Dean of Students and teacher, in a variety of California school districts."
Hewitt has been on the faculty at the University of Arkansas in the College of Education and Health Professions since 2007, currently serving as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.
"I felt this opportunity gave me a chance to give back to Fayetteville and have a positive impact on the schools," Hewitt said in the statement. "Even though I have enjoyed being a college professor my heart is still in school leadership."
In the statement, Fayetteville School Board President Tim Hudson said he has known Hewitt since he and his wife first moved to the area, praising his experience in public education.
"He is respected by peers and education leaders in the region and the state," Hudson said in the statement. "The fact that he has helped teach and train many principals and superintendents is an added benefit."
Hewitt will take the helm on July 1, 2014, after outgoing superintendent Vicki Thomas' resignation becomes effective.