XENIA — David Deskins will be the new superintendent of the Greene County Career Center. His hire was recently approved by the career center’s board of education.
“This is a great hire for the students and staff at the Greene County Career Center,” said board President Al Nels. “He brings a unique set of skills that include being a teacher, principal and superintendent in comprehensive school districts plus administrative experience in a career-technical setting. The community will be impressed with his professionalism and commitment to student success.”
Deskins comes to Xenia from the Penta Career Center near Toledo where he served as director of human resources for the last two years. Before that Deskins served in various capacities in private, public and technical schools throughout Ohio, as well as positions in the Ohio legal system. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s with doctorate work from the University of Dayton.
He’s no stranger to the Greene County and the surrounding regions too. He’s lived and worked in the area before.
“I am very excited by the opportunity to return to southwest Ohio,” Deskins said. “My hope is I can bring some innovative ideas and certainly build on the many really positive things that are already going there on in Greene County.”
Deskins described himself as very student-oriented in his decision making processes and said he values data in the extreme in his decisions.
He doesn’t back down for big projects either. During his time as superintendent in the Archbold school district in northwest Ohio, Deskins said he partnered with two other Ohio public schools and applied for federal stimulus dollars to install the largest wind turbines that are school owned on K-12 campuses in the state. Deskins estimated the net savings to be between $80,000 and $100,000 a year in electricity costs.
“Those were $2.1 million projects each,” he said. “We were able to sustain those projects with all grant funding, so there were no costs to the district for the installation.”
In his time at Archbold, he was also instrumental in working to start a 1:1 iPad initiative for high school students in the community.
It’s that kind of vision that he’ll bring back to Greene County. And that vision extends beyond the dollars-and-cents, practical matters that his position will require him to attend to.
“With career technical education the biggest challenge is making sure that we get students in programs that are going to allow them to enter either the workforce or further educational opportunities,” he said. “One of the critical pieces for us is making sure that we’re exposing the families of Greene County to the types of careers, the types of trades and outcomes that students will be able to achieve by gaining an education at a career center.”
Deskins said he believes it is a critical time to listen closely to industry partners in preparing students for future opportunities in the state.
“While many Ohio jobs go unfilled each year, we can no longer focus on college only options for our students, and we must do a better job of preparing our students both in high school and adult educational opportunities with the diversity they will need to be employed, contributing members of our local communities,” he said.
Deskins, 50, has been married to his wife Holly for 22 years. His daughters Gabrielle and Olivia attend Bowling Green State University and Archbold High School, respectively.
Deskins will begin duties as superintendent on August 18. He replaces Dan Schroer who resigned to become superintendent for Margaretta Local Schools in Castalia, Ohio.
“I just think it’s a really exciting opportunity,” Deskins said. “I’m just really very excited for the opportunity to come down and make some nice contributions there for the kids of Greene County.”
Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-502-4498.