SUMMIT, NJ - Scott Hough, who has served as Assistant Superintendent for the New Providence School District for the past five years, has been selected by the Summit Board of Education to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Summit Public Schools. Hough, who is expected to begin his tenure on August 17, will assume the role currently held by Acting Superintendent of Schools Robert Gardella who transitioned into the position upon the departure of former Superintendent of Schools June Chang.

Hough, whose hiring is contingent on the approval of his contract by the Executive County Superintendent for Union County, will be formally announced by the Summit Board of Education (BOE) at its next meeting July 9.

“I am proud that my fellow Board members agreed that, despite the current environment, we should continue in earnest to look for the next educational leader for our District,” said Board President Donna Miller, adding, “It was important to us that we remain committed to starting the 2020-2021 school year with a Superintendent in place. Mr. Hough possesses the mindset, skills, knowledge, experiences and temperament that will fold nicely into our District."

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In total, Hough spent the last 12 years in the New Providence School District and began his career 26 years ago at a private special education school before teaching for many years in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District. He has been a high school assistant principal, a middle school principal, and has devoted his time to being both a football and baseball coach. 

According to the BOE, Hough was selected after search process that began nearly six months ago, with more than 50 resumes received and 26 initial interviews conducted. The Board then followed with several more rounds of interviews -- "each progressively more intense and focused."

Hough received his Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University and, in 2006, graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. He received the TCNJ research award for his paper on incidents of bullying related to students with special needs.

The BOE announced that it will be share 'Meet and Greet' event plans in the coming weeks, at which time the Summit community will have the opportunity to formally welcome Hough to the District.