The Oberlin native, who currently serves as director of the Western Academy of Beijing in China, had been pursuing superintendent positions at other area districts and was a finalist for at least one. That, and the fact he was leaving to return to China, was why Fairview had to move quickly, Board President Joe Shucofsky said.
“We looked at 35 applications,” Shucofsky explained after the April 8 special board meeting, at which Andrews unanimously was appointed superintendent. “I spent an entire weekend looking at them. After giving them all careful scrutiny, this candidate was the ‘rock star’ candidate. That’s not to say that the others weren’t good candidates, but he was exactly what we’ve been looking for. Because of what he brought to the table, he was being pursued by many other districts. We felt it was appropriate for us to act quickly. We wanted to get him … before somebody else came in and swooped him up from under us.”
Andrews’ background includes serving as Oberlin School District superintendent, Polaris Career Center assistant superintendent, as well as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Creativity and Innovation in Education. Converge Magazine named him one of America’s “Shapers of the Future.” Andrews begins Aug. 1 as Fairview superintendent.