Anthony Orr, principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, will become superintendent of Nelson County Schools when the current superintendent retires at the end of this school year.
Orr, who has been principal at Dunbar for seven years, was chosen to replace Janice Lantz Tuesday during a special called meeting of the Nelson County Board of Education.
Lantz announced in November that she planned to retire from public education at the end of the year, after a 39-year career. She has accepted a position leading the education program at St. Catharine College in Springfield, where she currently serves as a trustee, according to the college's Web site.
Before becoming principal at Dunbar, Orr taught chemistry and served as interim director in the school's Math, Science and Technology Center magnet program. He spent five years as an independent consultant for the College Board, performing chemistry staff development in central Texas school districts.
"We were looking for someone who is very instruction oriented, someone who will be a good fit in our community and someone who will promote high expectations and accountability," said board chairman Nicky Rapier said in a news release. "...That is who we believe we have found."