FHSD Superintendent Dr. Nathan Hoven announces retirement; Dr. Kenneth Roumpos named Interim Superintendent

Posted on 03/11/2022
Dr. Nathan Hoven announces retirement
Francis Howell School District Superintendent Dr. Nathan Hoven has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year, citing plans to pursue a professional opportunity outside of education. 

At a special closed session Board of Education meeting last evening, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Kenneth Roumpos as the District’s interim superintendent for the 2022-23 school year. Dr. Roumpos currently serves as the District’s deputy superintendent, a role he has held since July 2020. 

FHSD Board of Education President Mary Lange, on behalf of the Board, expressed gratitude for Hoven’s many contributions during his four-year tenure at Francis Howell. Hoven served for two years as deputy superintendent and chief academic officer before landing the superintendent role in July 2020. 

“Dr. Hoven provided steadfast leadership during the Covid pandemic,” said Lange. “His calm and steady approach helped keep the doors open for in-person learning, providing a major benefit for students and families.” 

The Board also credited Hoven for his work in substantially reducing a multimillion-dollar deficit in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. His work to reduce expenses, along with some additional revenue from state and federal sources, moved the District from a deficit to a projected surplus to end Fiscal Year 2022. 

“The difficult decisions he has made have put us on a strong path forward,” said Lange. “We are grateful for all that Dr. Hoven has accomplished and we wish him well in his future career endeavors.”

Drs. Hoven and Roumpos will be working closely together over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition, with Dr. Roumpos assuming an increasingly prominent and visible leadership role.

Lange said the Board’s decision to name Dr. Roumpos as interim was an easy one.

“As deputy superintendent, Dr. Roumpos has demonstrated strong leadership with good instincts and a propensity for action,” said Lange. “We have found him to be strategic, empathetic and collaborative – all skills that will serve the District well in this next chapter.” 

There will be opportunities for the community to get to know more about Dr. Roumpos in the coming months.

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