Adam Hatfield will be the next Superintendent of Wellington Schools. Announced Monday evening and on his birthday, Hatfield was present with his wife at the specially scheduled meeting.
Hatfield’s appointment also came nearly three years after his predecessor, Mark Whitener, had been named superintendent. Earlier this year, Superintendent Whitener announced his intention to retire.
From March 5th-7th, the Wellington Board of Education interviewed the three finalists for the superintendent position. On the night of the 5th, Adam Hatfield was interviewed. He has been serving as the Assistant Superintendent for USD 353. He is in his second year in that position. Previously, Mr. Adam Hatfield served as the Wellington High School Principal for three years and the Wellington High School Assistant Principal for two years.
Mr. Robert Diepenbrock interviewed for the position of superintendent with the board of education on the evening of March 6th.
Mr. Robert Diepenbrock is currently serving as the Superintendent for USD 331 Kingman-Norwich. He is in his ninth year in that position. Previously, Mr. Robert Diepenbrock served as the Superintendent for USD 492 Flinthills for three years.
Dr. Jeanne Stroh will be interviewing for the position of superintendent with the board of education on the evening of March 7th.
Dr. Jeanne Stroh is currently retired after serving as the Superintendent for USD 290 in Ottawa, Kansas. She was in that position for four years. Previously, Dr. Jeanne Stroh served as the Assistant Superintendent of USD 308 Hutchinson for four years.
Hatfield has been working towards this position for quite some time.
In June of 2009, the Wellington Daily News was there when Kennedy Elementary School named Hatfield as the new principal.
Hatfield, who had worked for USD 353 since 2003, took over for Ron Brown, who retired.
Hatfield had been the 8th grade science teacher at Wellington Middle School for the past five years. Hatfield was also an assistant tennis coach at Wellington High School.
Becoming an administrator was a goal for Hatfield.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, and it was great that I had the opportunity when Kennedy came open,” said Hatfield.
Rick Weiss, USD 353 superintendent, said Hatfield’s main attributes are his “overall general personality and team building skills which seem to be very good.”
We congratulate Mr. Hatfield on his new position, which he will assume in July upon the retirement of current Superintendent Mark Whitener.