Robert Avossa

The Fulton County school board has voted unanimously to name Robert Avossa the district’s next superintendent.

The board, in a special meeting at Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary School in Sandy Springs, voted 7-0 to hire Avossa, who now works as chief strategy and officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg school system in North Carolina. He replaces Superintendent Cindy Loe, who is retiring to spend more time with her family, school officials said.

“I have great hope that Mr. Avossa fits the bill for what we are looking for – someone to fit our team,” board member Ketie Reeves said. “Fulton is not broken.”

Avossa, who was in Charlotte when the vote was taken, will assume the post June 1. He will be paid $238,000 a year.

Avossa was the only candidate for the job after a search of several months. Four finalists were identified, but the others withdrew before the vote, school officials said. The finalists were selected from among 21 candidates from 41 states identified by a national search, board chairman Linda Schultz said.

On his Linked In page online, Avossa says he was born in Italy and came to the United States as a child. He attended school in Florida.

“My experience as a young immigrant in America is the reason that I believe so strongly that our public schools must not overlook some students in the quest to provide an excellent education to others,” he said on Linked In. “I want a level playing field in American education because that’s what I had and I know how important it is.”

–Joe Earle

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.