Kimbrell to be Bryant School District's next superintendent

In this July 22, 2013, AP file photo, Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell testifies during a meeting of the Joint House and Senate Education Committee at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
In this July 22, 2013, AP file photo, Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell testifies during a meeting of the Joint House and Senate Education Committee at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

BRYANT — Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell will be Bryant School District's next superintendent.

The district's school board on Thursday evening met for 10 minutes in executive session before publicly voting to hire him.

Kimbrell, 52, will be one of the first directors of a state agency to leave Gov. Mike Beebe’s administration during the two-term governor’s final year in office.

Kimbrell edged out five other applicants for the Bryant position after school board members extended him an interview Monday. He was the only one to be offered an interview, district spokesman Devin Sherrill said.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Kimbrell join the district,” School Board President Rhonda Sanders said in a statement. “His strengths in school finance, curriculum and instruction will be especially beneficial.”

Beebe's spokesman Matt DeCample said Thursday afternoon he hadn’t been notified of Kimbrell’s resignation.

Kimbrell didn’t immediately return a message Thursday afternoon.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

Information for this article was contributed by Aziza Musa with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.